extinguish thou my eyes


painting by  Birgit Huttemann- Holz

Extinguish Thou My Eyes -R.M.Rilke
encaustic, oil on panel, 2014

Extinguish Thou My Eyes

Extinguish Thou my eyes: I still can see Thee,
deprive my ears of sound: I still can hear Thee,
and without feet I still can come to Thee,
and without voice I still can call to Thee.

Sever my arms from me, I still will hold Thee
with all my heart as with a single hand,
arrest my heart, my brain will keep on beating,
and Should Thy fire at last my brain consume,
the flowing of my blood will carry Thee.


Translated by Albert Ernest Flemming


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