Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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209 (II. 30)
ACCIDENT AND ESSENCE
|Become essential, Man! When the world fails at last,|
Accident falls away, but Essence, that stands fast.
210 (I. 274)
THE ACCIDENT MUST GO
|All Accident must go, all false appearances:|
Put off thy specious hues—be pure as Essence is.
211 (V. 356)
THE PERFECT DRIVETH OUT THE IMPERFECT
|When full Perfection comes, the imperfect falls aside:|
So fades my human part when I am deified.
212 (I. 108)
|The Rose which here thou seest with thine outward eye|
Hath blossomèd in God from all eternity.
213 (II. 182)
GOD IS ALL AT ONCE
|There is no After, no Before;|
And what to-morrow shall befall
Already from eternity
In Essence God hath seen it all.
214 (V. 179)
GOD MAKETH NOTHING NEW
|God maketh no new thing, though new|
It seem to us. We think we see
The act of birth, but what is born
Is birthless in eternity.
215 (I. 71)
MAN MUST BE ESSENCE
|To practise love is burdensome. 'Tis not enough|
Merely to love—we must ourselves, like God, be Love.
216 (VI. 226)
A RIGHT JUDGEMENT BRINGETH NOT SADNESS
|The true and proper worth of things|
Who understandeth to assay,
Will never sorrow overmuch
For aught that Time can bear away.
217 (VI. 224)
CHILDREN WEEP FOR DOLLS
|A child that weepeth for its dolls|
Maketh thee smile—and are they more
Than dolls and toys, those very things
That thou thyself art weeping for?
218 (I. 38)
EQUAL ESTIMATION MAKETH PEACE
|Canst thou divest from diverse things|
Their aspect of diversity,
Come Love, come Pain, thou standest fast,
Poised in thy equanimity.
219 (V. 45)
VICE IS ONLY APPEARANCE
|All naked Virtue stands, Vice doth apparelled go;|
Virtue is truly large, Vice only seemeth so.
220 (V. 37)
GOD LOOKETH TO THE ROOT
|'Tis not the Somewhat thou hast done|
God values, looks not to the fruit;
Only the How He contemplates,
Only the kernel and the root.
221 (V. 168)
THE SINNER DOETH NOTHING WELL
|Though thou dost feed and clothe the needy multitude,|
Is goodness not in thee, then is thy deed not good.
222 (V. 72)
GOD IS EQUALLY NEAR TO ALL
|God is as near Beelzebub|
As He is near the Seraphim,
'Tis only that Beelzebub
Turneth his back on Him.
223 (V. 30)
THE DEVIL IS GOOD
|The Devil is as good as thou|
If Being is the test.
What is it that the Devil lacks?
Peace and a Will at rest.
224 (V. 15)
DAMNATION IS IN ESSENCE
|Could one that's damned stand in high Heaven, even there|
He'd feel within himself all Hell and Hell's despair.
225 (VI. 208)
WISE AND FOOLISH BEAUTY
|Wiser the maid who knoweth well|
Herself is her best loveliness
Than she who dreams she's beautiful
When she puts on a lovely dress.
226 (VI. 251)
TO THE FOOL
|Opinions are a shifting sand,|
And fools build houses thereupon:
Wise wilt thou never be if thou
Dost build upon Opinion.
227 (II. 71)
THE ESSENTIAL MAN
|The essential Man is like unto Eternity,|
Unchanged by any breath of externality.
228 (I. 102)
THE SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY
|Then Lead becometh Gold, then Accident is ended,|
When I with God, through God, in God, am wholly blended.