Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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139 (I. 24)
THOU MUST BE NAUGHT, WILL NAUGHT
|If thou art Somewhat to thyself,|
If Somewhat thou dost love and will,
If Somewhat knowest, Somewhat hast—
Thou carriest thy Burden still.
140 (I. 58)
|If seeking God thou seekest Rest,|
Then is thy reckoning out of trim:
God's hireling art thou, not His child,
Thou seekest thine own Self, not Him.
141 (II. 57)
MAN MUST GROW FREE FROM HIMSELF
|Grow free from self, from all created things grow free,|
Then God will graft His Godlike nature on to thee.
142 (I. 143)
'TIS SELFHOOD THAT DAMNS
|Could but the Devil quit his His-ness, thereupon|
The Devil thou wouldst see sitting upon God's throne
143 (V. 32)
SELFWILL RUINS ALL
|If even in Christ himself there were Selfwill at all,|
Despite his Blessedness, believe me, he would fall.
144 (I. 138)
THE MORE THOU GOEST OUT, THE MORE GOD COMETH IN
|The more thyself out of thyself|
Thou canst dischannel and outpour,
The more must God flow into thee
With all His Godhead more and more.
145 (II. 140)
|Naught bringeth thee beyond thyself|
So surely as Self-nullity:
The more thou canst annul thyself
The more thou hast of Deity.
146 (II. 136)
|Go out—and so God goeth in;|
Die to thyself—thou hast begun
To live to God; Be not—He is;
Do naught—His bidding's done.
147 (V. 220)
HOW GOD IS FOUND
|Seekest thou God, then must thou, Man,|
First lose thy Self-identity,
Nor ever find again the trace
Of Self in all eternity.
148 (V. 186)
OWNHOOD IS THE CAUSE OF ALL EVIL
|Communion engendereth Peace;|
But Ownhood giveth rise
To Persecution, War and Strife,
And all Calamities.
149 (V. 238)
"MINE" AND "THINE" ARE DAMNABLE
|Two words, and nothing else in all the world, combine|
To plunge thee into Hell—two hateful words, Mine, Thine.
150 (II. 72)
HE WHO CAN SING WITH THE ANGELS
|He who can soar above himself|
One instant at the most,
He too can sing the Gloria
With the angeleic host.
151 (V. 33)
WHEN GOD MOST DELIGHTS TO BE WITH US
|God, whose extreme delight it is|
To dwell with thee, doth come
Most willingly into thy house
When thou art not at home.
152 (I. 46)
THE BLESSED UNTHING
|I am a blessed Thing if I|
Can but unthing myself, forgo
All my community with things,
My cognizance of things unknow.
153 (I. 92)
HE WHO IS WHOLLY DEIFIED
|Who is as were he not, nor yet had come to be,|
He is become—O Happiness!—sheer Deity.
154 (IV. 139)
THE HAPPY DROWNING
|If thou dost sail thy little ship|
Upon the Sea of Deity,
It were indeed a happy chance
Shouldst thou be drowned in that great Sea.
155 (II. 92)
THE MYSTICAL ABANDONMENT
|Abandonment ensnareth God:|
But the Abandonment supreme,
Which few there be can comprehend,
Is to abandon even Him.
156 (VI. 172)
IN THE SEA NO DROP IS DISTINGUISHABLE
|If thou canst designate a drop|
Lost in the Sea's immensity,
Then wilt thou in the Sea of God
Divine my soul's identity.
157 (II. 25)
THOU MAKEST THY OWN DISQUIET
|Thee into thy disquiet nor God nor Creature brings,|
Thou dost disquiet thyself caring for many things.
158 (III. 177)
THE LONG MARTYRDOM
|The Martyrs fare exceeding well:|
Swift passage through the mortal fires,
Then God's embrace. But we lifelong
Are martyred. How?—By our Desires.
159 (I. 158)
WHO DRINKETH THE SPRING OF LIFE?
|Fain wouldst thou drink the Spring of Life?|
Then must thou first
Sweat out, whilst here upon this earth,
Thy proper thirst.
160 (II. 197)
|Lord, take the Crown away! I know not aught of Mine:|
How can it rightly then be mine and yet not Thine!
161 (V. 229)
MEASUREMENT IS THE FALL
|Take not the measure of thy goodness—it is gone|
As soon as it is self-confessed and thought upon.
162 (II. 133)
|Should God forbid me Heaven, it pleaseth me as well|
Here to abide on earth or take my place in Hell.
163 (V. 367)
READY FOR ALL
|He is the proper Hero who remains unshaken|
Whether by God befriended or by God forsaken.
164 (V. 105)
HEAVEN CAN BE STOLEN
|Who, hidden, doeth good; secret, bestoweth wealth:|
He is a Master-thief and stealeth Heaven by stealth.
165 (I. 39)
|His Self is not all given to God who cannot dwell|
Even in Hell itself and find in Hell no Hell.
166 (VI. 170)
TWO WAYS OF LOSING ONE'S SELF
|So I may yet be lost? O ay!|
If lost in death, loss limitless.
But if thou lose thyself in God
Thy loss is then all happiness.