In secret to encompass now
With memory what I've newly got
Shall be my striving's further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood's forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.
My power of thought grows firm
United with the spirit's birth.
It lifts the senses' dull attractions
To bright-lit clarity.
Desires union with the world's becoming,
Must senses' revelation
Receive the light of thinking.
—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch
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