In The Embrace Of His Stronger Existence

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’
hierarchies? And even if one of them suddenly
pressed me against his heart, I would perish
in the embrace of his stronger existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
which we are barely able to endure and are awed
because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
Each single angel is terrifying.

[Duino Elegies – Rainer Maria Rilke]

I am rediscovering how much I love the work of Rilke.

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1 Response to “In The Embrace Of His Stronger Existence”


  1. 1 kat September 25, 2007 at 3:04 am

    those are potent words. .


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