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ANGELUS SILESIUS

Flitch (AS) – Deidade (Godhead)

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

    

1 (II. 188)
BEING IS NOT MEASURED

Turn wheresoe’er I will, I find no evidence
of End, Beginning, Centre or Circumference.

2 (I. 263)
GOD   NEVER EXPLORETH HIMSELF

The Thought and Deed of Deity
Are of such richness and extent
That It remaineth to Itself
An Undiscovered Continent.

3 (VI. 174)
IN THE SEA MANY ARE ONE

A Loaf holds many grains of corn
And many myriad drops the Sea:
So is God’s Oneness Multitude
And that great Multitude are we.

4 (V. I)
ALL INTO ONE AGAIN

The All proceedeth from the One,
And into One must All regress:
If otherwise, the All remains
Asunder-riven manyness.

5 (I. 25)
GOD IS NOT GRASPED

God is an utter Nothingness,
Beyond the touch of Time and Place:
The more thou graspest after Him,
The more he fleeth thy embrace.

6 (I. 15)
THE SUPER-DEITY

What hath been told of God is not enough for me:
My life and light flow from the Super-Deity.

7 (I. 284)
MAN MUST GO BEYOND ALL KNOWLEDGE

What Cherubs know sufficeth not: beyond their zone
I fain would take my flight unto where nothing’s known.

8 (I. 285)
THE KNOWER MUST BECOME THE KNOWN

Naught ever can be known in God: One and Alone
Is He. To know Him, Knower must be one with Known.

9 (I. 43)
MAN LOVETH EVEN WITHOUT KNOWING

One only Thing I love and know not what it is:
Because I know it not, therefore I’ve chosen this.

10 (V. 41)
MORE KNOWN LESS UNDERSTOOD

The more thou knowest God, the more thou wilt confess
That what He truly is, thou knowest less and less.

11 (I. 178)
THE BLAME IS THINE

If gazing on the Sun   endangereth thy sight,
The blame is in thine eyes, and not in that great Light.

12 (I. 294)
GOD IS WITHOUT WILL

We pray: Thy Will be done! and lo! He hath no Will:
God in His changelessness eternally is still.

13 (IV. 166)
THE REST AND WORK OF GOD

Rested God never hath, nor toiled—’tis manifest,
For all His rest is work and all His work is rest.

14 (III. 170)
OF ETERNAL MOTION

The secret of Eternal Motion thou wouldst learn,
I, of Eternal Rest: which is of more concern?

15 (I. 49)
REST IS THE HIGHEST GOOD

Rest is the highest Good. I’d keep both eyes close pressed,
That He might have repose, were God Himself not Rest.

16 (I. 44)
THE SOMETHING MUST BE FORSAKEN

If thou dost love a Something, Man,
Thou lovest naught that doth abide  .
God is not This nor That—do thou
Leave Somethings utterly aside.

17 (V. 328)
SIN TROUBLETH NOT GOD

God feeleth pain for sin in thee
 As in His son,
But in His Self of Deity
 He feeleth none.

18 (V. 16)
THROUGH THEE GOD LOSETH NAUGHT

Choose, Man, which of the twain thou wilt,
Thy self-destruction or thy peace.
Through thee God suffereth no loss,
Neither through thee hath He increase.

19 (V. 34)
GOD LOVETH NAUGHT BUT HIMSELF

God is so dear unto Himself,
Folded in self so utterly,
That He can never cherish love
For anything that is not He.

20 (V. 92)
GOD FORESEETH NOTHING

God foresees nothing—’tis thy dull and blundering sense  
Doth clothe Him with the attribute of Providence.

21 (V. 173)
GOD HATH NO THOUGHTS

God thinketh naught. Yea verily,
Were thought in Him, then might He sway
—Which were a thing unthinkable—
Now this way, now the other way.

22 (II. 55)
GOD IS AND LIVETH NOT

God is, but in God-wise. He loves and lives, ’tis true,

But not as I or thou or other beings do.

23 (V. 124)
WHAT IS SPOKEN OF GOD IS MORE FALSE THAN TRUE

Since thou dost measure God by creature qualities,
There’s more of lie than truth in thy theologies.

24 (V. 358)
GOD BECOMES WHAT HE WILLS

Eternal Spirit  , God becomes
All that He wills to be—but still
Abideth ever as He is,
Without a form, an aim, a will.

25 (I. 115)
THOU MUST THYSELF BE SUN

I must myself be Sun. I with my beams must dye
The all-uncoloured Sea of the whole Deity.

26 (II. 17)
GOD DENIETH HIMSELF TO NONE

Take, drink, all that thou wilt or canst—’tis given thee free,
Thou hast the whole of Godhead   for thy Hostelry.

27 (V. 339)
NO CREATURE FATHOMETH THE GODHEAD

No creature fathometh how deep the Godhead is,
Even the soul   of Christ   is lost in that Abyss.

28 (IV. 38)
GOD NAUGHT AND ALL

God is a Spirit, a Fire, a Being and a Flame,
And yet again He is not one of all these same.

29 (IV. 1)
GOD BECOMETH WHAT HE NEVER WAS

Here in the midst of Time God doth become what He,
The Unbecome, was not in all Eternity.

30 (II. 245)
THE GODHEAD IS MY MOTHER

God hath begotten me—such my true genesis  ,
But do thou never ask me who my Mother is.

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