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Duino Elegies
  • Duino Elegies


    Rainer Maria Rilke.


    W.W. Norton: 1939. First edition. Hardcover in a jacket. Very good.


    "Of course, it is strange to inhabit the earth no longer,

    to give up customs one barely had time to learn,

    not to see roses and other promising Things in terms of a human future;

    no longer to be what one was in infinitely anxious hands;

    to leave even one's own first name behind,

    forgetting it as easily as a child abandons a broken toy.
    Strange to no longer desire one's desires.
    Strange to see meanings that clung together once, floating away in every direction.
    And being dead is hard work and full of retrieval before one can gradually feel a trace of eternity."

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