Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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121 (I. 145)
WHAT THOU WOULDST HAVE IS WITHIN THEE
|All Heaven is within thee, Man,|
And all of Hell within thy heart:
What thou dost choose and will to have,
That hast thou wheresoe'er thou art.
122 (I. 82)
HEAVEN IS WITHIN THEE
|Heaven is within thee. Stay! Why runn'st thou here and there?|
Thou seekest God in vain seekest thou Him elsewhere.
123 (IV. 183)
ALL THAT THOU WILT IS WITHIN THEE
|All thou wouldst have lies now within thee, every whit|
'Tis thine—so long as thou dost never strive for it.
124 (III. 118)
THE PHILOSOPHERS' STONE
|Travel within thyself! The Stone|
Philosophers with wisest arts
Have vainly sought, cannot be found
By travelling in foreign parts.
125 (I. 50)
THE THRONE OF GOD
|Christian, dost thou demand to know|
Where God hath set His Throne?
Even there within thyself, where He
Gives birth to thee, His Son.
126 (I. 61)
GOD MUST BE BORN IN THEE
|Though Jesus Christ in Bethlehem|
A thousand times his Mother bore,
Is he not born again in thee
Then art thou lost for evermore.
127 (I. 62)
THE EXTERNAL HELPETH THEE NOT
|In vain the Cross on Golgotha|
Was raised—thou hast not any part
In its deliverance unless
It be raised up within thy heart.
128 (VI. 209)
WHAT IS OUTWARD ADDETH NO WORTH
|Nothing external to thee, Man,|
Can give thee Worth or Dignity:
Fine harness maketh not the horse,
Nor clothes the man's virility.
129 (VI. 24)
WHAT A MAN HATH IN HIMSELF HE SEEKETH NOT WITHOUT
|He who hath honour in himself|
Seeketh no honour among men.
Seekest thou honour in the world,
'Tis not thine own but alien.
130 (VI. 169)
WHAT A MAN WOULD NOT LOSE, THAT MUST HE BE
|The Wise Man is that which he hath.|
The precious Pearl of Paradise
Wouldst thou not lose, then must thou be
Thyself that Pearl of greatest price.
131 (I. 298)
HEAVEN IS WITHIN US
|My Christian, whither runnest thou?|
All Heaven within thy heart doth wait.
Why dost thou seek to find it then
By knocking at another's gate?
132 (II. 149)
THOU THYSELF ART ALL THINGS
|How is it possible for thee|
To feel desire or suffer dearth?
Thou canst be all things in thyself—
A thousand Angels, Heaven and Earth!
133 (VI. 166)
HE WHO HATH THE KINGDOM IN HIMSELF CANNOT BECOME POOR
|God's Kingdom is within ourselvcs!|
If, then, so great a Kingdom be
Already thine, how canst thou fear
The threatening of poverty?
134 (II. 85)
THY PRISON IS THYSELF
|The World doth not imprison thee.|
Thou art thyselfthe World, and there,
Within thyself, thou hold'st thyself
Thy self-imprisoned Prisoner.
135 (I. 37)
UNREST COMETH FROM THYSELF
|Naught is that moveth thee: thou art thyself the wheel|
That runneth of itself and never standeth still.
136 (I. 118)
SPIRIT REMAINETH EVER FREE
|Fetter me with a thousand chains, and though they be|
Never so strong, I shall be fetterless and free.
137 (III. 147)
GOD WOULD BE ALONE
|Shut God up in thy heart. Let none else enter there,|
So must He always bide with thee and be thy Prisoner.
138 (V. 128)
IT IS NEVER NIGHT IN THE SOUL
|I am amazed that thou dost yearn|
For daylight to appear.
There is no sunset in my soul—
Day is already here.