. BEFORE SUNRISE
" Oh, sky above me ! Thou pure ! Thou deep ! Thou abyss of light ! Gazing at thee, I quiver with god-like desires.
To cast myself up unto thy height that is my profundity ! To hide myself in thy purity that is mine innocence !
A God is veiled by his beauty : thus thy stars are hidden by thee. Thou speakest not : thus thou show- est forth thy wisdom unto me.
Silent over a roaring sea thou hast risen to-day unto me ; thy love and thy shame utter a revelation unto my roaring soul.
That thou earnest unto me, beautiful, veiled in thy beauty ; that silent thou speakest unto me, manifest in thy wisdom
Oh, how should I not guess all that is full of shame in thy soul ! Before sunrise thou earnest unto me, the loneliest one.
We are friends from the beginning. Sorrow and horror and soil we share ; even the sun we share.
We do not speak unto each other because we know too many things. We stare silently at each other; smiling we declare our knowledge unto one another.