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The soul selects her own society

Language: English

The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts [the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude]2 no more.

Unmoved, she notes the [chariot's]2 pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.


Translation(s): GER

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1 Getty: "the door,/ To her divine majority/ Present"
2 Getty: "chariots"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , no title, copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Word count: 53

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Die Seele sucht sich den aus, den sie...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Die Seele sucht sich den aus, den sie will,
schließt dann das Tor,
lässt niemand mehr zum Kreise der
Erlauchten vor.

Sieht ungerührt, wie Kutschen halten
vor ihrer Tür,
sieht kühl zu, wie auf ihrer Matte
ein Kaiser kniet.

Ich weiß, sie wählt - aus vielen - einen 
allein,
schließt dann die Wahrnehmungsventile -
wie Stein.


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Text added to the website: 2018-06-22.
Last modified: 2018-06-22 11:50:58
Line count: 12
Word count: 56