“Let Everything Happen To You, Beauty and Terror…”

God speaks to each of us,

Then walks with us silently

out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,

Go to the limits of your longing.

Embody me.

 

Flare up like a flame.

And make big shadows

I can move in.

 

Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror_

Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Don’t let yourself lose me.

 

Nearby is the country they call life.

You will know it by its seriousness.

 

Give me your hand. 

~ Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Book of Hours.

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