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(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

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Dedication

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 warrant
will be for me a challenge I must meet.

If this presumptious seems, God, may I be forgiven.
For what I want to say to you is this:
my efforts shall be like a driving force,
quite without anger, without timidness
as little children show their love for you.

With these outflowing, river-like, with deltas
that spread like arms to reach the open sea,
with the recurrent tides that never cease
will I acknowledge you, will I proclaim you
as no one ever has before.

And if this should be arrogance, so let me
arrogant be to justify my prayer
that stands so serious and so alone
before your forehead, circled by the clouds.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Tony Best (4/1/2008 8:27:00 PM)

    This is so beautiful.'What no one yet has dared to risk and warrant
    will be for me a challenge I must meet.' What a manifesto! Rilke puts in words what we all felt one time in life.

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