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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

    

229 (V. 242)
THE HIGHEST GOOD

What is the highest Good? Much talk hath been hereof
And high debate  : I swear the highest Good is Love.

230 (V. 241)
EVERYTHING IS SUBJECT TO LOVE

Love is the Lord of All. Even the Trinity
Hath been in thrall to Love from all eternity.

231 (V. 243)
THE NATURE OF GOD  

Love is God’s nature. He can do naught else. Wouldst thou
Be God, then likewise love in every instant’s Now.

232 (V. 292)
BEAUTY COMETH FROM LOVE

Beauty is born of Love alone.
 The Countenance Divine
Hath all its Loveliness from Love—
 Else it would cease to shine.

233 (V. 295)
THE MORE LOVING, THE HAPPIER

Love is the measure of the heart’s Felicity;
The more ’tis filled with Love, the happier thou wilt be.

234 (V. 320)
THE SHORTEST WAY TO GOD

Pass through Love’s gate if thou wouldst go
 The shortest way to God:
Who takes the Path of Knowledge, long
 Must tarry on the road.

235 (V. 307)
LOVE HATH MORE IN COMMON WITH GOD THAN WISDOM

Love unannounced goes   in to God,
 Hath instant audience:
Long in the antechamber wait
 Wit and intelligence.

236 (II. 47)
LOVE SEEKETH NOT REWARD

Man, if thou lovest God and seekest hire for this,
’Tis plain thou tastest not what Love and Loving is.

237 (V. 303)
THE TOKEN OF FALSE LOVE

Wouldst thou discern false Love from true, the token’s this—
False Love seeks self and fades under adversities.

238 (III. 205)
HE WHO IS MOST IN LOVE IS MOST HOLY

Who is the greatest saint? He who is most in love.
For saintship Love alone is warranty enough.

239 (V. 226)
THE NATURE OF HOLINESS

The more thou lovest—Love’s the very heart
Of Holiness—the holier thou art.

240 (III. 173)
LOVE IS THE SIGN

Thou askest which of all the people are God’s friends?
Behold the folk who carry Love in heart and hands!

241 (III. 164)
LOVE IS THE SOUL   OF BELIEF

Belief alone is dead. It cannot live or move
Until united with its soul—its soul is Love.

242 (V. 108)
BELIEF ALONE IS A HOLLOW CASK

Belief alone, all void of Love,
(So have I weighed it in my thought)
Is like unto a hollow Cask—
It soundeth, but within is naught.

243 (V. 161)
NONE LAYETH HIS HEAD ON CHRIST  ’S BREAST BUT JOHN

Ah, think not, Child, that thou canst lay thy head upon
The breast of the Lord Christ ere thou becomest John.

244 (VI. 204)
THE SPIRlTUAL PASSWORD

Love is the password. He to whom it is not given
Must never hope to cross the frontier-line of Heaven.

245 (V. 297)
GOD CANNOT BE LOVED WITHOUT GOD

Did not God love Himself through thee and in thee, Man,
Thy love for Him would ever fail of its full span.

246 (III. 201)
GOD LOVETH TO GIVE GREAT GIFTS

Being Himself so great, greatly God loves to give,
But ah! man’s little heart is so small to receive.

247 (V. 210)
NEW AND OLD LOVE

When Love is new, it foams like young and heady wine  :
When stiller grown, ’tis proof that it is old and fine.

248 (I. 163)
MAN SHOULD LOVE MANKIND

Thou lovest none? ’Tis well  . He has the better mind  
Who loves not any man, but loves in man Mankind.

249 (II. 60)
OF LOVE

He wills and loveth right who wills and loveth naught:
Who loveth what he wills, loveth not what he ought.

250 (V. 289)
VIRTUE WITHOUT LOVE IS NOTHING WORTH

Before God Virtue cannot stand
 Naked and bare;
It must put on the robe of Love—
 Then is it fair.

251 (II. 130)
IT MUST BE GILDED

All that thou dost must be o’erlaid
With gold of Love—if otherwise,
Thyself and all thy works will find
But little favour in God’s eyes.

252 (V. 299)
AS THE PERSON, SO THE MERIT

Richer   reward the Bride doth earn
From God with but a single kiss,
Than all the hirelings though they wear
Themselves to death with drudgeries.

253 (II. 234)
CHOOSE WHICH THOU WILT

Love is the Queen; the Virtues are
 The Maids who wait upon her;
The serving-women, Work and Deed—
 Which wilt thou choose to honour?

254 (V. 302)
THE QUICKEST

Love is the quickest thing and of itself can fly
To topmost Heaven in but the twinkling of an eye.

255 (V. 306)
AN UNWOUNDED HEART IS UNSOUND

A Heart which God hath never wounded with Love’s wound,
Scatheless though it appear, is never whole and sound.

256 (V. 211)
SERAPHIC LOVE

The purest Love—seraphic—
Is not easy to divine,
Because it is so quiet,
By any outward sign.

257 (VI. 159)
THE HEART MUST BE LOADED WITH BALL

Put a live charge into your gun!
 A puff of smoke and is that all?
Why, if you only load with blank,
 The bang is there, but where’s the ball?

258 (VI. 164)
THE ORDINANCE IS AS WE ORDAIN

To him who wills his neighbour’s weal
God gives what he soliciteth:
But if he wish his neighbour ill,
O then he prays for his own death!

259 (V. 308)
GOD’S COMMUNALITY

How broad God’s communality!
He teacheth whomso’er He list,
The peasant lass no less than thee,
The art whereby He may be kissed.

260 (III. 138)
LOVE IS DEAD

Alas, Alas, Love’s dead! How came she then to die?
She perished of the cold, for all men passed her by.

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