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When coldness wraps this suffering clay

Language: English

When coldness wraps this suffering clay,
  Ah! whither strays the immortal mind?
It cannot die, it cannot stay,
  But leaves its darken'd dust behind.
Then, unembodied, doth it trace
  By steps each planet's heavenly way?
Or fill at once the realms of space,
  A thing of eyes, that all survey?

Eternal, boundless, undecay'd,
  A thought unseen, but seeing all,
All, all in earth or skies display'd,
  Shall it survey, shall it recal:
Each fainter trace that memory holds
  So darkly of departed years,
In one broad glance the soul beholds,
  And all, that was, at once appears.

Before Creation peopled earth,
  Its eye shall roll through chaos back;
And where the farthest heaven had birth,
  The spirit trace its rising track.
And where the future mars or makes,
  Its glance dilate o'er all to be,
While sun is quench'd or system breaks,
  Fix'd in its own eternity.

Above or Love, Hope, Hate, or Fear,
  It lives all passionless and pure:
An age shall fleet like earthly year;
  Its years as moments shall endure.
Away, away, without a wing,
  O'er all, through all, its thoughts shall fly;
A nameless and eternal thing,
  Forgetting what it was to die.


Translation(s): FRE GER

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Text added to the website: 2009-08-08.
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Wohin, o Seele, wirst du eilen?

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Wohin, o Seele, wirst du eilen?
Wenn nun der Leib sinkt in das Grab?
Du kannst nicht sterben, kannst nicht weilen
der  dunkle Staub fällt von di ab.
Wirst du dann körperlos dich heben,
von Stern zu Sternen, stufenweis'?
wirst du im ew'gen Raume schweben,
ein sehend Aug', das alles weiß?

Entfesselt, ewig, nie veraltet,
erblickt sie, selber unsichtbar,
was in der Schöpfung sich entfaltet,
was nun besteht, und was einst war;
was auch schon längst verflossnen Jahren
verdunkelt unserm Geist entflieht,
kann sie mit einem Blick gewahren,
der, was geschah, auf einmal sieht.

Eh noch der Schöpfung Werk begonnen,
dringt bis zum Chaos sie zurück,
und zu noch ungebornen sonnen
erhebt sie ihren Seherblick.
Es schaut ihr Auge, was wird werden,
was schwinden in zukünft'ger Zeit;
es löschen Sonnen, brechen Erden,
sie ruht in eigner Ewigkeit.

Frei ist sie, rein;  denn überwunden
Hat Furcht sie, Liebe, Hoffnung, Hass.
Und tausend Jahr, die schon entschwunden,
sie hatten Eines Tages Maß.
Auch unbeschwingt fliehn die Gedanken
Durchs All, wohin es will der Geist,
der namenlos und sonder Schranken
schon längst vergaß, was Sterben heißt.


Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Text added to the website: 2006-05-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:13
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Word count: 183