Novalis

(1772 - 1801 / Germany)

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  • Yelson von Grönroos (10/25/2016 4:08:00 AM)

    I have to disagree with you regarding your statement about Novalis poems not being regarded as important or "well-loved" by the younger generation; I for instance am only eighteen years old this year and has since I was seven read these poems at least five times each and I still enjoy them while occasionally quote parts of them.

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  • Jacqui Thewless Jacqui Thewless (7/15/2009 5:13:00 PM)

    Novalis was the second major poetic influence in my biography. The first was Dylan Thomas (whose poetry I discovered when I was 12 yrs old) . I was almost 19 when I discovered 'Henry Von Ofterdingen' and 'Hymns to The Night'. I wonder that these works are not more well-loved by young people today.

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Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death

Longing for Death


Into the bosom of the earth,
Out of the Light's dominion,
Death's pains are but a bursting forth,
Sign of glad departure.
Swift in the narrow little boat,
Swift to the heavenly shore we float.

Blessed be the everlasting Night,
And blessed the endless slumber.
We are heated by the day too bright,
And withered up with care.
We're weary of a life abroad,
And we now want our Father's home.

What in this world should we all
Do with love and with faith?
That which is old is set aside,
And the new may ...

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