„O white and midnight sky, O starry bath,
Wash me in thy pure, heavenly crystal flood:
Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scath—
Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!“

The Celestial Passion, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„O Earth! all bathed with blood and tears, yet never
Hast thou ceased putting forth thy fruit and flowers.“

—  Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, buch Corinne

Bk. 13, ch. 4, as translated by Letitia Elizabeth Landon for Isabel Hill (1833)
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„O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power and idle talk, but give to me, Thy servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love.“

—  Ephrem the Syrian Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century 306 - 373

"Prayer of Ephrem" as translated in The Lenten Triodion (1978) by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, p. 69
Variant translations:
O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power and idle talk, but give to me, your servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother: for you are blessed for ever and ever. Amen. O God, cleanse me, a sinner.
As translated in Who's Holding the Umbrella (1984) by William E. Yaeger, p. 70
Kontext: O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power and idle talk, but give to me, Thy servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother: for blessed art Thou to the ages of ages. Amen. O God, cleanse me, a sinner.

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„Take, O boatman, thrice thy fee,—
Take, I give it willingly;
For, invisible to thee,
Spirits twain have crossed with me.“

—  Ludwig Uhland German poet 1787 - 1862

The Passage, Edinburgh Review (October 1832).

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„O water of the river Ganges, thou rememberst the day
When our torrent flooded thy valleys...“

—  Muhammad Iqbál Urdu poet and leader of the Pakistan Movement 1877 - 1938

Quelle: quoted in Annemarie Schimmel - Gabriel's Wing_ Study into the Religious Ideas of Sir Muhammad Iqbal (1989, Iqbal Academy) also in Jain, M. (2010). Parallel pathways: Essays on Hindu-Muslim relations, 1707-1857.

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„The white moon is setting behind the white wave,
And Time is setting with me, O!“

—  Robert Burns Scottish poet and lyricist 1759 - 1796

Misquotation by W. B. Yeats of Burns's "Open the Door to me, Oh" http://www.robertburns.org/works/397.shtml (1793) in Ideas of good and evil (1907), p. 241; the original reads: "The wan Moon is setting beyond the white wave,/ And Time is setting with me, oh!"
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Elaine Goodale Eastman Foto

„Thy subtle charm is strangely given,
My fancy will not let thee be,,
Then poise not thus 'twixt earth and heaven,
O white anemone!“

—  Elaine Goodale Eastman American novelist, poet 1863 - 1953

Anemone; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 26.

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„So let me be thy choir, and make a moan
Upon the midnight hours“

—  John Keats, Ode to Psyche

"Ode to Psyche", st. 3
Poems (1820)

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„Star of resplendent front! Thy glorious eye
Shines on me still from out yon clouded sky.“

—  Sarah Helen Whitman United States poet 1803 - 1878

Arcturus (To Edgar Allan Poe).
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

Robert Seymour Bridges Foto

„Whither, O splendid ship, thy white sails crowding,
Leaning across the bosom of the urgent West,
That fearest nor sea rising, nor sky clouding,
Whither away, fair rover, and what thy quest?“

—  Robert Seymour Bridges British writer 1844 - 1930

Bk. II, No. 2, A Passer-By http://www.bartleby.com/101/835.html, st. 1 (1879).
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„Those who wash their body and cleanse their garments whilst they remain dirty by bad actions and principles, are described by Solomon as "a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness; a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes!"“

—  Maimónides, buch The Guide for the Perplexed

Quelle: Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Part III, Ch.33
Kontext: Those who wash their body and cleanse their garments whilst they remain dirty by bad actions and principles, are described by Solomon as "a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness; a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes!" &c. (Prov. xxx. 12-13). Consider well the principles which we mentioned... as the final causes of the Law; for there are many precepts, for which you will be unable to give a reason unless you possess a knowledge of these principles...

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„O Saviour pour upon me thy Spirit of meekness & love:
Annihilate the Selfhood in me, be thou all my life!
Guide thou my hand which trembles exceedingly upon the rock of ages“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

Quelle: 1800s, Jerusalem The Emanation of The Giant Albion (c. 1803–1820), Ch. 1, plate 5, lines 21-23 The Words of Blake

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