Encouragement

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In a Thousand Forms
               by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

English version by John White
Original Language German


You may hide yourself in a thousand forms,
Still, All-beloved, I recognize you;
You may cover yourself in magic mists,
All-present, I can always tell that it is you.

I discover you as well, All-beautifully-growing,
In the cypress’s pure young surge,
In the stream’s fresh, living rush,
All-enchanting, I know you well.

When rising jets of water unfurl,
All-playful, how glad I am to see you;
When clouds form and transform themselves,
All-manifold, I discern you in them.

In the blossoming tapestry that covers the meadow,
I see your All-colorful, starry beauty;
When ivies reach their thousand arms around,
I meet you, All-embracing.

When morning lights the mountain range
I greet you there too, All-brightening,
Then, as the sky grows round above me,
All-heart-expanding, it is you I inhale.

What, with out and inner senses, I know,
I know only through you, All-teaching;
When I name Allah’s hundred names,
A name, with each name, re-echoes for you.

May these words encourage you on your way as you bring this divine loving presence into the world today through your precious being!

One thought on “Encouragement

  1. Thank you! This lovely poem captures what I feel right now after spending time in the garden. Photos help me keep the moment since growth and heat and deer bring daily changes. Within every change and frame there is Presence. I am grateful!

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