Sonnets to Orpheus - #3 So my soft darling.
Oihr Zärthlichen, tretet zuweilen
So my soft darling, step occasionally
into this little-heeding breath of mine;
let me shudder as you stroke my cheek,
leave me glowing as you pass beyond.
O holy one, O blessed wholeness,
envoy of the heart’s voyage,
bow for my arrow, my arrows’ target…
ever-loving tear-stained smile.
Take no notice of your present suffering.
Lay your heaviness with the earth
Can you weigh the mountains or the ocean?
Even the trees you planted as saplings
have long since grown too heavy for you to bear.
Ah, but that breeze…
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