Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
333 (V. 89)
THOU MUST WIN IT HERE
|Here must thy deed be done.|
'Twere an undreamed-of thing
That he who wins no Kingdom here
Should there become a King.
334 (II. 75)
THOU MUST ALSO BEAR FRUIT
|If thou dost drink the Blood of God|
And yet no fruit be found in thee,
On thee shall fall a curse more fell
Than once did blast that barren tree.
335 (I. 53)
VIRTUE REMAINETH AT REST
|If putting Virtue into act|
Thou findest drudgery and moil,
Virtue thou hast not yet attained
But after Virtue still dost toil.
336 (I. 273)
RISE ABOVE HOLINESS
|If thou art holy, it is well; but wouldst thou find|
Favour with God and Man, leave holiness behind.
337 (VI. 33)
MAN MUST CHANGE HIMSELF
|Everything changeth, Man. Canst thou remain alone|
Careless of betterment and changeless as a Stone?
338 (VI. 72)
SLUGGARDRY WINNETH NOT HEAVEN
|Sluggard, bestir thyself! Wilt thou|
For ever lie abed and doze?
Heaven will not fly into thy mouth
While thou art taking thy repose.
339 (VI. 42)
WHO STANDS UNMOVED BELONGS NOT TO THE WHOLE
|The Sun gives movement unto all,|
And makes the Stars dance in the sky:
If I still stand immovable
No part in the great Whole have I.
340 (IV. 203)
A DARKENED HEART SEETH NOT
|Give heed unto the Flame. If lamps are burning dim,|
The Bridegroom when he comes, who shall distinguish him.
341 (VI. 146)
THE WORK PROVETH THE MASTER
|A Master of the Craft art thou|
When Virtue is but thought and planned:
But when it comes to Workmanship
Thou show'st thyself a Prentice-hand.
342 (V. 64)
WE SERVE OURSELVES, NOT GOD
|God is not served by Fast, Vigil or Litany;|
Thou rather serv'st thyself, being purified thereby.
343 (I. 153)
THOU MUST BECOME A CHILD
|Unless thou dost become a Child|
Thou canst not enter in the place
Where all God's children are—for thee
The doorway hath too small a space.
344 (V. 286)
SIMPLICITY MUST BE INTELLIGENT
|I honour that Simplicity|
To which God joins intelligence,
But scarcely worth the name I count
Simplicity that lacketh sense.
345 (I. 229)
|Anger is like the fire of Hell.|
If it break out within thy breast,
It burneth up the little bed
Whereon the Holy Ghost doth rest.
346 (VI. 198)
SAFETY IN SECLUSION
|If thou wouldst shun those strangers, Bride,|
Who seek to be thy paramours,
Then close the casement shutters fast
And linger not at open doors.
347 (VI. 163)
HATE MAKETH ITSELF HATED
|If Hate and envy rule thy heart|
When thou for gifts dost supplicate,
The gift thy prayers achieve will be
Return of Envy and of Hate.
348 (IV. 203)
MAN FINDETH AS HE SEEKETH
|As thou dost seek, so shalt thou find;|
As thou dost knock and dost implore,
So shall the gift be unto thee,
And so the opening of the door.
349 (IV. 14)
GOD GIVETH THE GREAT IN THE SMALL
|Take what God giveth thee. He giveth Great in Small,|
Gold in base slag, where we surmise it least of all.
350 (V. 49)
THE FINEST WISDOM
|Climb not too high; frame no unneedful subtleties;|
The finest Wisdom is to be not overwise.
351 (IV. 122)
GOD SEETH NOT ABOVE HIMSELF
|God seeth not above Himself.|
If thou dost seek to raise thy height
Above thy stature, have a care
Lest thou shouldst vanish from His sight.
352 (I. 265)
|Ah, were men's voices like the wood-birds' melody—|
Each happy note distinct, but all in harmony!
353 (I. 266)
NOTHING HATH WORTH FOR THE SCORNER
|The Nightingale mocks not the Cuckoo's note, 'tis true,|
And yet you scorn my song if I sing not as you.
354 (I. 218)
|Who in his fellow-man sees God and Christ, none else,|
He seeth with the light wherein the Godhead dwells.
355 (VI. 263)
|Friend, it is now enough. Wouldst thou read more, go hence,|
Become thyself the Writing and thyself the Sense.
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