Saturday, March 20, 2010

Time and Eternity

From the work of Angelus Silesius (1624-1677):

Time is of your own making,
its clock ticks in your head.
The moment you stop thought
time too stops dead.

"Time flies fast" we say, but who
Has seen the fleeting of Time's wings?
Time stands moveless in a view
That sees the Whole of Things.

Man, if thou findest Time
On earth drag on too slow.
Turn unto God — live
In the Everlasting Now.

God still creates the World.
Strange does this thing appear?
God knows neither Then nor Now,
As men know here.

There, in Eternity, events
Together strike a single chime:
There is no After, no Before,
As here, as in the realm of Time.

Do not compute eternity
as light-year after year
One step across
that line called Time
Eternity is here.

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