Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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181 (II. 153)
|What is Eternity? It is not That, not This,|
Not Now, not Aught, not Naught—I know not what it is.
182 (II. 65)
ETERNITY IS NOT MEASURED
|Eternity knows naught of hour and day and year.|
Alas, I have not found the centre of its sphere!
183 (II. 183)
IN THE CENTRE EVERYTHING IS SEEN
|Stand at the centre-point—instantly shall appear|
All that befell or now befalls, in Heaven and here.
184 (I. 47)
TIME IS ETERNITY
|Eternity is one with Time,|
Time with Eternity, and hence
Indifference between them lie,
Thyself dost make the difference.
185 (I. 189)
MAN MAKETH TIME
|'Tis thou thyself that makest Time.|
And like a clock thy senses run:
Do thou but quiet their unrest—
The clock is stopped and Time is gone.
186 (V. 23)
TIME IS NOT FAST
|"Time flieth fast" we say, but who|
Hath seen the fleeting of Time's wings?
Time standeth moveless in a view
That visioneth the Whole of Things.
187 (V. 148)
IN ETERNITY ALL HAPPENETH TOGETHER
|There, in Eternity, events|
Together strike a single chime:
There is no After, no Before,
As here, as in the realm of Time.
188 (IV. 200)
HOW TO SHORTEN TIME
|Man, if thou findest Time on earth drag on too slow.|
Turn unto God—live in the Everlasting Now.
189 (V. 127)
THE SOUL IS ABOVE TIME
|The Soul, which is eternal Spirit,|
Standeth above Time's sovranty:
Already in this present world
She liveth in Eternity.
190 (V. 111)
OUT OF GOD, LIVING IS BEING DEAD
|Livest thou not in God, O Man,|
—And let this be well credited—
Though thou dost live a thousand years,
A thousand years thou art dead.
191 (II. 168)
ONE IS AS OLD AS THE OTHER
|A Child who on this earth but one short hour appears,|
Already he hath lived Methuselah's long years.
192 (III. 180)
GOD KNOWETH NOT HIS BEGINNING
|How long hath God been God? Be silent, ask not this!|
So long, God knoweth not Himself how long it is.
193 (IV. 165)
GOD STILL CREATES THE WORLD
|God still creates the World. Strange doth this thing appear?|
God knoweth neither Then nor Now, as men know here.
194 (III. 90)
THOU MUST BLOSSOM NOW
|O blossom, blossom, frozen soul!|
May is abroad before thy door.
If thou dost blossom not to-day
Then art thou dead for evermore.
195 (I. 185)
PLACE IS WITHIN THEE
|Nowise dost thou inhabit Place,|
Place doth inhabit thee.
Cast Place away!—then now and here
196 (III. 112)
THE HEART IS IMMEASURABLE
|A Heart that finds its full contcnt in Time and Place|
In truth knows not its own Immeasurableness.
197 (I. 187)
THE BREADTH OF THE SOUL
|Heaven is too little for me, Earth a narrow cell:|
Where shall I find a space wherein my Soul can dwell?
198 (I. 188)
TIME AND ETERNITY
|From Time into Eternity|
Thou tellest me to get me hence!
Between Eternity and Time
Is there then any difference?
199 (IV. 90)
|"Virtue its own Reward"—so runs the argument:|
If the Reward be here, in time, then I dissent.
200 (IV. 180)
THE DAY AND DAWN OF SOULS
|Here in this present time God dawns in souls, but soon,|
When they have put their splendour on, He'll be their noon.
201 (V. 67)
HOW FAR THE WAY TO HEAVEN
|Think not the journey overlong if thou wouldst fare|
To Heaven—take but one short stride and thou art there.
202 (I. 30)
THERE IS NO DEATH
|I disbelieve in Death. Hourly I die—what then?|
To new and better Life hourly I rise again.
203 (I. 34)
DEATH DEIFIETH THEE
|When thou art dead and all thy life|
Is taken up by God in His,
Then shalt thou rightly, nor till then,
Rank with the all-high Deities.
204 (IV. 81)
|Death doth not trouble me. 'Tis through that door I come|
Unto the place which long hath been my spirit's home.
205 (IV. 77)
|Die ere thou diest—dying, then thou diest not:|
Die not—perchance then, dying, thou shalt die and rot.
206 (I. 29)
|The Death which no new Life within itself doth bear,|
Of all deaths 'tis that death which most my soul doth fear.
207 (IV. 103)
LIFE AND DEATH
|No richer death than that which Life engendereth,|
No noble Life than that which springeth out of death.
208 (I. 190)
|I know not what to do! All things are one to me:|
Place, Unplace, Day, Night, Joy, Pain, Time, Eternity.