Folded in self so utterly,
That He can never cherish love
For anything that is not He.
Eternal Spirit, God becomes
All that He wills to be - but still
Abideth ever as He is,
Without a form, an aim, a will.
Here in the midst of Time God doth become what He,
The Unbecome, was not in all Eternity.
Man, thou art like a piece of coal;
And if thou liest not in Him,
Who is thy Fire and thy Light;
Then art thou black and cold and dim.
(The Cherubinic Wanderer, Angelus Silesius)
'Angelus Silesius: The Cherubinic Wandererby'
By Maria Shrady (Author), Josef Schmidt (Author), E. J. Furchaby (Author)
Here are poetic texts by one of the great German mystics of the 17th century, Angelus Silesius (1624-1677). These texts, written in the form of the epigram, are still used today for contemplative prayer and as part of German Christmas folklore.