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Das Stunden-Buch from Rainer Maria Rilke

My life in increasing circles is spun (Ich lebe mein Leben in wachsenden Ringen)

My life in increasing circles is spun,
encompassing newer things still.
I may not reach the last possible one
but try it I will.

Round God, ancient tower, I orbit and stalk
and circle a thousand years long;
and I know not if I be tempest or hawk
or a wonderful song.

poem by Rainer Maria Rilke from Das Stunden-Buch (20 September 1899), translated by Alan MarshfieldReport problemRelated quotes
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I'm living my life in spiraling gyres

I'm living my life in spiraling gyres
that move o'er the choirs nearby.
I may never reach the top of the spires,
but still my resolve is to try.

I circle round God, the ancient expanse -
for thousands of years, pray to tell -
and still I don't know: what shall I be thence?
A falcon? A storm? A chorale?

poem by Rainer Maria Rilke from Das Stunden-Buch (20 September 1899), translated by Walter AueReport problemRelated quotes
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