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ANGELUS SILESIUS

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Selections from the Cherubinic Wanderer

terça-feira 20 de setembro de 2022, por Cardoso de Castro

    

Angelus Silesius  . Selections from the Cherubinic Wanderer. Translated with an Introduction by J. E. Crawford Flitch

    

139 (I. 24)
THOU MUST BE NAUGHT, WILL NAUGHT

If thou art Somewhat to thyself,
If Somewhat thou dost love and will,
If Somewhat knowest, Somewhat hast—
Thou carriest thy Burden still.

140 (I. 58)
SELF-SEEKING

If seeking God   thou seekest Rest,
Then is thy reckoning out of trim:
God’s hireling art thou, not His child,
Thou seekest thine own Self, not Him.

141 (II. 57)
MAN MUST GROW FREE FROM HIMSELF

Grow free from self, from all created things grow free,
Then God will graft His Godlike   nature on to thee.

142 (I. 143)
’TIS SELFHOOD THAT DAMNS

Could but the Devil quit his His-ness, thereupon
The Devil thou wouldst see sitting upon God’s throne

143 (V. 32)
SELFWILL RUINS ALL

If even in Christ   himself there were Selfwill at all,
Despite his Blessedness, believe me, he would fall.

144 (I. 138)
THE MORE THOU GOEST OUT, THE MORE GOD COMETH IN

The more thyself out of thyself
Thou canst dischannel and outpour,
The more must God flow into thee
With all His Godhead   more and more.

145 (II. 140)
SELF-NULLIFYING

Naught bringeth thee beyond thyself
So surely as Self-nullity:
The more thou canst annul thyself
The more thou hast of Deity.

146 (II. 136)
ABANDONMENT

Go out—and so God goeth in;
Die to thyself—thou hast begun
To live to God; Be not—He is;
Do naught—His bidding’s done.

147 (V. 220)
HOW GOD IS FOUND

Seekest thou God, then must thou, Man,
First lose thy Self-identity,
Nor ever find again the trace
Of Self in all eternity.

148 (V. 186)
OWNHOOD IS THE CAUSE OF ALL EVIL

Communion engendereth Peace;
 But Ownhood giveth rise
To Persecution, War and Strife  ,
 And all Calamities.

149 (V. 238)
’MINE’ AND ’THINE’ ARE DAMNABLE

Two words, and nothing else in all the world, combine
To plunge thee into Hell—two hateful words, Mine, Thine.

150 (II. 72)
HE WHO CAN SING WITH THE ANGELS

He who can soar above himself
 One instant at the most,
He too can sing the Gloria
 With the angeleic host.

151 (V. 33)
WHEN GOD MOST DELIGHTS TO BE WITH US

God, whose extreme delight it is
 To dwell with thee, doth come
Most willingly into thy house
 When thou art not at home.

152 (I. 46)
THE BLESSED UNTHING

I am a blessed Thing if I
Can but unthing myself, forgo
All my community with things,
My cognizance of things unknow.

153 (I. 92)
HE WHO IS WHOLLY DEIFIED

Who is as were he not, nor yet had come to be,
He is become—O Happiness  !—sheer Deity.

154 (IV. 139)
THE HAPPY DROWNING

If thou dost sail thy little ship
Upon the Sea of Deity,
It were indeed a happy chance
Shouldst thou be drowned in that great Sea.

155 (II. 92)
THE MYSTICAL ABANDONMENT

Abandonment ensnareth God:
But the Abandonment supreme,
Which few there be can comprehend,
Is to abandon even Him.

156 (VI. 172)
IN THE SEA NO DROP IS DISTINGUISHABLE

If thou canst designate a drop
Lost in the Sea’s immensity,
Then wilt thou in the Sea of God
Divine my soul’s identity.

157 (II. 25)
THOU MAKEST THY OWN DISQUIET

Thee into thy disquiet nor God nor Creature brings,
Thou dost disquiet thyself caring for many things.

158 (III. 177)
THE LONG MARTYRDOM

The Martyrs fare exceeding well:
Swift passage through the mortal   fires,
Then God’s embrace. But we lifelong
Are martyred. How?—By our Desires.

159 (I. 158)
WHO DRINKETH THE SPRING OF LIFE?

Fain wouldst thou drink the Spring of Life?
 Then must thou first
Sweat out, whilst here upon this earth,
 Thy proper thirst.

160 (II. 197)
SELF-ABNEGATION

Lord, take the Crown away! I know not aught of Mine:
How can it rightly then be mine and yet not Thine!

161 (V. 229)
MEASUREMENT IS THE FALL  

Take not the measure of thy goodness—it is gone
As soon as it is self-confessed and thought upon.

162 (II. 133)
RESIGNATION

Should God forbid me Heaven, it pleaseth me as well
Here to abide   on earth or take my place in Hell.

163 (V. 367)
READY FOR ALL

He is the proper Hero who remains unshaken
Whether by God befriended or by God forsaken.

164 (V. 105)
HEAVEN CAN BE STOLEN

Who, hidden, doeth good; secret, bestoweth wealth:
He is a Master-thief   and stealeth Heaven by stealth.

165 (I. 39)
IMPERFECT ABANDONMENT

His Self is not all given to God who cannot dwell
Even in Hell itself and find in Hell no Hell.

166 (VI. 170)
TWO WAYS OF LOSING ONE’S SELF

So I may yet be lost? O ay!
If lost in death, loss limitless.
But if thou lose thyself in God
Thy loss is then all happiness.

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