Feb. 25th, 2010

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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] gallo_de_pelea and [livejournal.com profile] pollinia.

Duino Elegies
by Rainer Maria Rilke

The First Elegy
Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies?
and even if one of them pressed me suddenly against his heart:
I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
Every angel is terrifying.

And so I hold myself back and swallow the call-note of my dark sobbing )

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