Rainer Maria Rilke
The Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars, has grown so weary that it cannot hold anything else. It seems to him there are a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world. ...

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Love Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

Love Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

How can I keep my soul in me, so that it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise it high enough, past you, to other things? I would like to shelter it, among remote lost ...

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A Walk by Rainer Maria Rilke

A Walk by Rainer Maria Rilke

My eyes already touch the sunny hill. going far ahead of the road I have begun. So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; it has inner light, even from a distance- and ...

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Black Cat by Rainer Maria Rilke

Black Cat by Rainer Maria Rilke

A ghost, though invisible, still is like a placeyour sight can knock on, echoing; but herewithin this thick black pelt, your strongest gazewill be absorbed and utterly ...

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Loneliness by Rainer Maria Rilke

Loneliness by Rainer Maria Rilke

Being apart and lonely is like rain.It climbs toward evening from the ocean plains;from flat places, rolling and remote, it climbsto heaven, which is its old abode.And only when ...

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Autumn by Rainer Maria Rilke

Autumn by Rainer Maria Rilke

The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,as if orchards were dying high in space.Each leaf falls as if it were motioning "no."And tonight the heavy earth is fallingaway ...

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Autumn Day by Rainer Maria Rilke

Autumn Day by Rainer Maria Rilke

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.Lay your shadow on the sundialsand let loose the wind in the fields.Bid the last fruits to be full;give them another two more southerly ...

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I Am Much Too Alone In This World, Yet Not Alone by Rainer Maria Rilke

I Am Much Too Alone In This World, Yet Not Alone by Rainer Maria Rilke

I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enoughto truly consecrate the hour.I am much too small in this world, yet not small enoughto be to you just object and thing, dark ...

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You Who Never Arrived by Rainer Maria Rilke

You Who Never Arrived by Rainer Maria Rilke

You who never arrived in my arms, Beloved, who were lost from the start, I don't even know what songs would please you. I have given up trying to recognize you in the surging wave ...

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Archaic Torso Of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

Archaic Torso Of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

We cannot know his legendary headwith eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torsois still suffused with brilliance from inside,like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to ...

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Childhood by Rainer Maria Rilke

Childhood by Rainer Maria Rilke

It would be good to give much thought, beforeyou try to find words for something so lost,for those long childhood afternoons you knewthat vanished so completely -and why?We're ...

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Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

Come thou, thou last one, whom I recognize,unbearable pain throughout this body's fabric:as I in my spirit burned, see, I now burn in thee:the wood that long resisted the ...

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You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke

You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke

You, darkness, that I come fromI love you more than all the firesthat fence in the world, for the fire makes a circle of light for everyoneand then no one outside learns of you. ...

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Falling Stars by Rainer Maria Rilke

Falling Stars by Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you remember still the falling starsthat like swift horses through the heavens racedand suddenly leaped across the hurdlesof our wishes--do you recall? And wedid make so many! ...

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Moving Forward by Rainer Maria Rilke

Moving Forward by Rainer Maria Rilke

The deep parts of my life pour onward,as if the river shores were opening out.It seems that things are more like me now,That I can see farther into paintings.I feel closer to what ...

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Exposed On The Cliffs Of The Heart by Rainer Maria Rilke

Exposed On The Cliffs Of The Heart by Rainer Maria Rilke

Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Look, how tiny down there,look: the last village of words and, higher,(but how tiny) still one lastfarmhouse of feeling. Can you see it?Exposed ...

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Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke

Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke

That some day, emerging at last from the terrifying visionI may burst into jubilant praise to assenting angels!That of the clear-struck keys of the heart not one may failto sound ...

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What Survives by Rainer Maria Rilke

What Survives by Rainer Maria Rilke

Who says that all must vanish?Who knows, perhaps the flightof the bird you wound remains,and perhaps flowers survivecaresses in us, in their ground.It isn't the gesture that ...

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Buddha In Glory by Rainer Maria Rilke

Buddha In Glory by Rainer Maria Rilke

Center of all centers, core of cores,almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet--all this universe, to the furthest starsall beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.Now you feel how ...

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Music by Rainer Maria Rilke

Music by Rainer Maria Rilke

Take me by the hand;it's so easy for you, Angel,for you are the roadeven while being immobile.You see, I'm scared no onehere will look for me again;I couldn't make use ofwhatever ...

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Sunset by Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunset by Rainer Maria Rilke

Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colorswhich it passes to a row of ancient trees.You look, and soon these two worlds both leave youone part climbs toward heaven, one ...

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Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside by Rainer Maria Rilke

Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside by Rainer Maria Rilke

Along the sun-drenched roadside, from the greathollow half-treetrunk, which for generationshas been a trough, renewing in itselfan inch or two of rain, I satisfymy thirst: taking ...

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Before Summer Rain by Rainer Maria Rilke

Before Summer Rain by Rainer Maria Rilke

Suddenly, from all the green around you,something-you don't know what-has disappeared;you feel it creeping closer to the window,in total silence. From the nearby woodyou hear the ...

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Duino Elegies: The First Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke

Duino Elegies: The First Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenlypressed me against his heart, I would perishin the embrace of his stronger ...

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Again And Again, However We Know The Landscape Of Love by Rainer Maria Rilke

Again And Again, However We Know The Landscape Of Love by Rainer Maria Rilke

Again and again, however we know the landscape of loveand the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the othersfall: again ...

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Child In Red by Rainer Maria Rilke

Child In Red by Rainer Maria Rilke

Sometimes she walks through the village in herlittle red dressall absorbed in restraining herself,and yet, despite herself, she seems to moveaccording to the rhythm of her life to ...

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Again And Again by Rainer Maria Rilke

Again And Again by Rainer Maria Rilke

Again and again, however we know the landscape of loveand the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the othersfall: again ...

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As Once The Winged Energy Of Delight by Rainer Maria Rilke

As Once The Winged Energy Of Delight by Rainer Maria Rilke

As once the winged energy of delightcarried you over childhood's dark abysses,now beyond your own life build the greatarch of unimagined bridges.Wonders happen if we can succeedin ...

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Dedication by Rainer Maria Rilke

Dedication by Rainer Maria Rilke

I have great faith in all things not yet spoken.I want my deepest pious feelings freed.What no one yet has dared to risk and warrantwill be for me a challenge I must meet.If this ...

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To Say Before Going To Sleep by Rainer Maria Rilke

To Say Before Going To Sleep by Rainer Maria Rilke

I would like to sing someone to sleep,have someone to sit by and be with.I would like to cradle you and softly sing,be your companion while you sleep or wake.I would like to be ...

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Elegy I by Rainer Maria Rilke

Elegy I by Rainer Maria Rilke

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenlypressed me against his heart, I would perishin the embrace of his stronger ...

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I Am, O Anxious One by Rainer Maria Rilke

I Am, O Anxious One by Rainer Maria Rilke

I am, O Anxious One. Don't you hear my voicesurging forth with all my earthly feelings?They yearn so high, that they have sprouted wingsand whitely fly in circles round your ...

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Heartbeat by Rainer Maria Rilke

Heartbeat by Rainer Maria Rilke

Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heartwhich safely exists in the center of all things?His giant heartbeat is diverted in usinto little pulses. And his giant griefis, like ...

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Woman In Love by Rainer Maria Rilke

Woman In Love by Rainer Maria Rilke

That is my window. Just nowI have so softly wakened.I thought that I would float.How far does my life reach,and where does the night beginI could think that everythingwas still me ...

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Blank Joy by Rainer Maria Rilke

Blank Joy by Rainer Maria Rilke

She who did not come, wasn't she determinednonetheless to organize and decorate my heart?If we had to exist to become the one we love,what would the heart have to create?Lovely ...

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Fire’s Reflection by Rainer Maria Rilke

Fire’s Reflection by Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps it's no more than the fire's reflectionon some piece of gleaming furniturethat the child remembers so much laterlike a revelation.And if in his later life, one daywounds ...

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Girl In Love by Rainer Maria Rilke

Girl In Love by Rainer Maria Rilke

That's my window. This minuteSo gently did I alightFrom sleep--was still floating in it.Where has my life its limitAnd where begins the night?I could fancy all things around ...

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Dedication To M. by Rainer Maria Rilke

Dedication To M. by Rainer Maria Rilke

Swing of the heart. O firmly hung, fastened on whatinvisible branch. Who, who gave you the push,that you swung with me into the leaves?How near I was to the exquisite fruits. But ...

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Fear Of The Inexplicable by Rainer Maria Rilke

Fear Of The Inexplicable by Rainer Maria Rilke

But fear of the inexplicable has not alone impoverishedthe existence of the individual; the relationship betweenone human being and another has also been cramped by it,as though ...

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Evening by Rainer Maria Rilke

Evening by Rainer Maria Rilke

The sky puts on the darkening blue coatheld for it by a row of ancient trees;you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,one journeying to heaven, one that falls;and leave ...

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Going Blind by Rainer Maria Rilke

Going Blind by Rainer Maria Rilke

She sat just like the others at the table.But on second glance, she seemed to hold her cupa little differently as she picked it up.She smiled once. It was almost painful.And when ...

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Extinguish Thou My Eyes by Rainer Maria Rilke

Extinguish Thou My Eyes by Rainer Maria Rilke

Extinguish Thou my eyes:I still can see Thee,deprive my ears of sound:I still can hear Thee,and without feet I still can come to Thee,and without voice I still can call to ...

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Evening Love Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

Evening Love Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

Ornamental cloudscompose an evening love song;a road leaves evasively.The new moon beginsa new chapter of our nights,of those frail nightswe stretch out and which minglewith these ...

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On Hearing Of A Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

On Hearing Of A Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

We lack all knowledge of this parting. Deathdoes not deal with us. We have no reasonto show death admiration, love or hate;his mask of feigned tragic lament gives usa false ...

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Early Spring by Rainer Maria Rilke

Early Spring by Rainer Maria Rilke

Harshness vanished. A sudden softnesshas replaced the meadows' wintry grey.Little rivulets of water changedtheir singing accents. Tendernesses,hesitantly, reach toward the ...

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Lament by Rainer Maria Rilke

Lament by Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything is farand long gone by.I think that the starglittering above mehas been dead for a million years.I think there were tearsin the car I heard passand something terrible ...

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Adam by Rainer Maria Rilke

Adam by Rainer Maria Rilke

Marveling he stands on the cathedral'ssteep ascent, close to the rose window,as though frightened at the apotheosiswhich grew and all at once set him down over these and these.And ...

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Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke

Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke

O trees of life, oh, what when winter comes?We are not of one mind. Are not like birdsin unison migrating. And overtaken,overdue, we thrust ourselves into the windand fall to ...

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The Future by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Future by Rainer Maria Rilke

The future: time's excuseto frighten us; too vasta project, too large a morselfor the heart's mouth.Future, who won't wait for you?Everyone is going there.It suffices you to ...

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Lament (Whom Will You Cry To, Heart?) by Rainer Maria Rilke

Lament (Whom Will You Cry To, Heart?) by Rainer Maria Rilke

Whom will you cry to, heart? More and more lonely,your path struggles on through incomprehensiblemankind. All the more futile perhapsfor keeping to its direction,keeping on toward ...

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