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ANGELUS SILESIUS

Flitch (AS) – Deus

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

    

31 (II. 48)
GOD   IS KNOWN IN THE CREATURE

The hidden God becometh known
 And general to mankind
In the created World of Things
 Which He hath fashioned and designed.

32 (V. 214)
GOD IS ALL IN ALL

God in the Christ   is God;
In angels, Form Angelical;
In men is Man; and in the rest
Is what thou wilt, the All in all.

33 (V. 65)
GOD CANNOT HIDE HIMSELF

God cannot ever hide Himself—if hid He seem,
’Tis thou that hast devised a hiding-place for Him.

34 (V. 91)
IN WHAT YEAR THE WORLD WAS CREATED

How date the year when God created Heaven and Earth?
Not otherwise than thus: The First Year of God’s Birth.

35 (II. 40)
GOD IS THE SMALLEST AND THE GREATEST

My God, how great is God! My God, how God is small!
Small as the smallest thing, great—needs must be—as All.

36 (V. 75)
NAUGHT EXISTETH WITHOUT JOY

Naught that is joyless can endure  .
Even the Being of God would pass,
Had He no pleasure in Himself,
And wither like the new-mown grass.

37 (V. 189)
GOD IS ETERNALLY IN LOVE WITH HIS OWN BEAUTY

God is so super-beautiful
That He beholdeth in a trance
Of rapture from eternity
The Splendour of His Countenance.

38 (II. 190)
OF GOD

God joyeth in Himself. Himself He cannot cloy.
For in Himself alone hath He the highest joy.

39 (V. 50)
GOD IS NOT VIRTUOUS

God is not virtuous. Out of Him virtue streams,
As water   from the Sea and from the Sun   sun-beams.

40 (V. 93)
GOD CANNOT BE WRATH

God is not ever wrath with us.
His wrath is but our dream.
It were a thing impossible
That wrath should be in Him.

41 (I. 137)
GOD DAMNETH NO MAN

Dost thou complain of God? Thyself thyself dost damn.
Damn thee He never would—of this full sure I am.

42 (V. 103)
GOD DIED NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE CROSS

Not first upon the Cross God let Himself be slain,
For see! He lieth dead there at the feet of Cain  .

43 (V. 43)
HOW GOD IS SO VERY JUST

Behold, God is so just, were there aught higher than He,
He’d honour it above Himself on bended knee.

44 (I. 207)
THE FINEST INN

Inn most delectable! God is Himself the Wine  ,
Music and Feast and Servant too of them that dine.

45 (III. 142)
GOD DWELLETH IN GENTLENESS

Have quiet in thy heart; for God is sought in vain
In Fire, in Earthquake, in the roaring Hurricane.

46 (IV. 177)
ASTONISHMENT AT GOD’S FAMILIARITY

It is a wonderment that I,
Who am but dust and ash and clod,
Should dare to make myself the friend
And very hail-fellow of God!

47 (I. 279)
I-HOOD SHAPETH NAUGHT

Now this, now that, thou striv’st to shape
With thine own I for instrument.
Ah, wouldst thou but let God shape all
Accordingly to His intent!

48 (IV. 143)
THE LOVELIEST TONE

In all eternity there is no lovelier Tone
Than when man’s heart soundeth with God in Unison.

49 (IV. 133)
MAN IS A COAL.

Man, thou art like a piece of coal;
And if thou liest not in Him,
Who is thy Fire and thy Light,
Then art thou black and cold and dim.

50 (I. 79)
GOD BEARETH PERFECT FRUIT

The Vine of God bears perfect fruit.
If any man bid me resign.
God-perfectness, he first must break
Me, branch-wise, from the Vine.

51 (II. 4)
THE ETERNAL YEA AND NAY

God’s everlasting word is Yea,
Nay is the Devil’s counter-cry:
To be all Yea and One with God
His own denial doth deny.

52 (IV. 126)
THE INSCRUTABLE CAUSE

God hath all things within Himself—His Heaven, His bliss.
Why then hath He created us? We know not this.

53 (I. 67)
THE CHILD CRIETH AFTER THE MOTHER

As for his mother’s breast a weaned child maketh moan,
Crieth the soul   for God, crieth for Him alone.

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