Symbols (Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke)

the Old Poems

By Rainer Maria Rilke

From infinite longings finite deeds rise
As fountains spring toward far-off glowing skies,
But rushing swiftly upward weakly bend
And trembling from their lack of power descend —
So through the falling torrent of our fears
Our joyous force leaps like these dancing tears.

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