An Avowal of Love

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An Avowal of Love  (1910)  by Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by Paul V. Cohn and Maude D. Petre
Songs of Prince Free-as-a-Bird
German Original published 1887 as part of the second edition of The Joyful Wisdom ('La Gaya Scienza'). This translation published in 1910 as part of Oscar Levy's The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche volume 10.
(during which, however, the poet fell into a pit).

 Oh marvel! there he flies
Cleaving the sky with wings unmoved—what force
 Impels him, bids him rise,
What curb restrains him? Where's his goal, his course?

 Like stars and time eterne
He liveth now in heights that life forswore,
 Nor envy's self doth spurn:
A lofty flight were't, e'en to see him soar!

 Oh albatross, great bird,
Speeding me upward ever through the blue!
 I thought of her, was stirred
To tears unending—yea, I love her true!

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