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Rilke, Rainer Maria - 50 Tenth Elegy



Type of spiritual experience


Henry Ryland

A description of the experience

Duino Elegies – Rainer Maria Rilke [The Tenth Elegy]

They stand at the foot of the mountains.
And there she embraces him, weeping.

He climbs alone, on the mountains of primal grief.
And not once do his footsteps sound from his silent fate.

But if the endlessly dead woke a symbol in us,
they would point perhaps to the catkins,
hanging from bare hazels,
or they would intend the rain,
falling on dark soil in Spring-time. –

And we,
who think of ascending joy,
would feel the emotion,
that almost dismays us,
when a joyful thing falls.

The source of the experience

Rilke, Rainer Maria

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