the winged energy of disquiet and delight i, ii and iii

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and a corresponding poem


As once the winged energy of delight by Rainer Maria Rilke

English version by Stephen Mitchell

As once the winged energy of delight carried you over childhood’s dark abysses, now beyond your own life build the great arch of unimagined bridges.

Wonders happen if we can succeed in passing through the harshest danger; but only in a bright and purely granted achievement can we realize the wonder.

To work with Things in the indescribable relationship is not too hard for us; the pattern grows more intricate and subtle, and being swept along is not enough.

Take your practiced powers and stretch them out until they span the chasm between two contradictions… For the god wants to know himself in you.

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