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Rainer Maria Rilke

You darkness, that I come from,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes
a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, trans. Anita Barrows & Joanna Macy (Riverhead Books, 1996)

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