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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hyperion's Song of Fate

You walk up there in the light,
On floors like velvet, blissful spirits,
Shining winds divine
Touch you lightly
As a harper touches holy
Strings with her fingers.

Fateless as babes asleep
They breathe, the celestials.
Chastely kept
In a simple bud,
For them the spirit
Flowers eternal,
And in bliss their eyes
Gaze in eternal
Calm clarity.

But to us it is given
To find no resting place
We faint, we fall,
Suffering, human
Blindly from one
To the next moment
Like water flung
From rock to rock down
Long years into uncertainty.

-Hölderlin (tran Christopher Middleton)

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