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The Rudolf Steiner Archive

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Calendar of the Soul
GA 40

For more information, read this overview. Find complete calendars categorized by translator in GA 40.

Current Verse: Week 35

Kann ich das Sein erkennen,
Dass es sich wiederfindet
Im Seelenschaffensdrange?
Ich fühle, dass mir Macht verlieh'n,
Das eigne Selbst dem Weltenselbst
Als Glied bescheiden einzuleben.

—Rudolf Steiner

Corresponding Verse: Week 18

Kann ich die Seele weiten,
Dass sie sich selbst verbindet
Empfangnem Welten-Keimesworte?
Ich ahne, dass ich Kraft muss finden,
Die Seele würdig zu gestalten,
Zum Geistes-Kleide sich zu bilden.

—Rudolf Steiner

Can I conceive true being,
So it may find itself anew
In soul's creative impulse?
I feel that strength is lent to me
To integrate my self as member
Of cosmic Self, with modesty.

—Tr. Daisy Aldan

Can I expand my soul,
So she allies herself
With cosmic Seed-Word now conceived?
I feel that I must find the strength
To give my soul a worthy form,
To mold itself to Spirit garment.

—Tr. Daisy Aldan

Can I in such wise know
Being that, being known,
it find itself again
in soul's creative thrust?
Strength I feel given me in trust
to have a humble self begin to be
a member of the Selfhood of the world.

—Tr. Owen Barfield

Can I so stretch my soul,
now that it has conceived,
so that it be all one,
one with the Word of Worlds,
one with the germ received?
A hint comes: you must find the strength
to fashion a soul fit
to be the outward garment of Spirit.

—Tr. Owen Barfield

Can I discern true Being
That it itself discovers
In urge of Soul's creation?
I feel that I am given power
To bring myself to live content
As Self within the World-Self membered,

—Tr. Mabel Cotterell

Can I my Soul so widen
That she may link her Being
To germ of Cosmic Word conceived?
I sense that I must strength discover
To shape the Soul till she be worthy
To make herself to Spirit's raiment.

—Tr. Mabel Cotterell

Of Being can I recognize
How now it finds itself once more
Within the soul’s creative drive?
I feel that I am granted power —
My own self in the World Self —
As humble part to member.

—Tr. John F. Gardner

Can I expand my soul
That it shall take unto itself
Word-seeds received now from the world?
Heart knows that I must find the strength
To make my soul of worth,
To be the spirit’s sheath.

—Tr. John F. Gardner

Can I then know true Being
So that it finds itself again
Amid the drive of soul creation?
I feel a power is given me
To make me live content
As self within the Cosmic Self.

—Tr. Isabel Grieve

Can I make wide my soul
Till it can be united
With the new-got seed word of the world?
I sense that I must find the strength
Worthily to shape the soul
To make a garment for the Spirit.

—Tr. Isabel Grieve

Can I so deeply know true Being
That it may find itself anew
Within the soul's creative urge?
I feel that I am granted power
To live my own Self's humble part
As member of the Cosmic Self.

—Tr. Brigitte Knaack

Can I make wide my soul
That it unites itself
With Cosmic Seed-Word now conceived?
A vision dawns in me: that I must find the strength
To fashion worthily my soul
To be a fitting raiment for the Spirit.

—Tr. Brigitte Knaack

Can I true Being know
That it may find itself anew
In urge of soul's creating?
I feel that power is lent me
This Self of mine into the Self of Worlds
To live as member humbly.

—Tr. Ernst Lehrs

Can I make wide my soul
That she may bind herself
To Cosmic Seed-Word now conceived?
My heart divines that I must find the strength
My soul to fashion worthily
To form herself into the Spirit's raiment.

—Tr. Ernst Lehrs

Can I discern true being,
That it may find itself again
In the soul's creative urge?
I feel that power is granted me
Modestly to join myself
As member to the Self of Worlds.

—Tr. Liselotte & William Mann

Can I open wide my soul
That she unite with burgeoning
Word of Worlds conceived?
I sense that I must find the strength
To give my soul a worthy form,
A garment of the spirit to become.

—Tr. Liselotte & William Mann

Can I become so conscious
of my being —
that I may find myself again
in the urge of my soul
to create?
I feel that I have
borrowed strength
to fit my own self
into the self of the universe —
with humility.

—Tr. Tom Mellett

Can I expand my soul
to unite
with the Cosmic Word
now conceived
as seed?
I sense that
I must find the force
to fashion my own soul
as a worthy garment
for the spirit.

—Tr. Tom Mellett

Can I know life's reality
So that it's found again
Within my soul's creative urge?
I feel that I am granted power
To make my self, as humble part,
At home within the cosmic self.

—Tr. Ruth & Hans Pusch

Can I expand my soul
That it unites itself
With cosmic Word received as seed?
I sense that I must find the strength
To fashion worthily my soul
As fitting raiment for the spirit.

—Tr. Ruth & Hans Pusch

Can I existence recognize,
Finding it once again
In creative acts of soul?
I feel power imparted to me,
Allowing true self to settle in
Humbly as part of world-self.

—Tr. John Riedel MD

Can I open up the soul so wide
That it unites itself
With received world-forming-words?
I sense that I must find the strength
To worthily shape my soul,
To mold itself with spirit clothes.

—Tr. John Riedel MD