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He scanned it -- staggered -- Dropped the Loop To Past or Period -- Caught helpless at a sense as if His Mind were going blind -- Groped up, to see if God was there -- Groped backward at Himself Caressed a Trigger absently And wandered out of Life.
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Leon Kirchner (b. 1919), "1062", 1982 [soprano and piano], from The Twilight Stood, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-13
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Er prüfte - ratlos - übergab dem Einst, dem Jetzt die Schlinge, griff hilflos nach ’nem Sinn, als ob die Seele ihm erblinde. Sucht’ in der Höh’, ob Gott da sei, suchte sein irdisch’ Selbst kam abwesend ’nem Abzug nah und trat dann aus der Welt.
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