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The Sonnets to Orpheus

rilkeSilent friend of many distances, feelhow your breath enlarges all of space. Let your presence ring out like a bell into the night. What feeds upon your face

grows mighty from the nourishment thus offered. Move through transformation, out and in. What is the deepest, loss that you have suffered? If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine.

In this immeasurable darkness, be the power that rounds your senses in their magic ring, the sense of their mysterious encounter.

And if the earthly no longer knows your name, whisper to the silent earth: I'm flowing. To the flashing water say: I am.

from The Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29 by Rainer Maria Rilke

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