„Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.
O, my America, my Newfoundland
My kingdom, safest when with one man mann'd,
My mine of precious stones, my empery;
How am I blest in thus discovering thee!
To enter in these bonds, is to be free;
Then, where my hand is set, my soul shall be.“
No. 19, To His Mistress Going to Bed
Quelle: The Complete English Poems
— Anne Brontë, buch Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846), A Prayer (1844)
„I. But he hears not. Now, my warrior guests,
I drink to the onward passage of his soul
Death. Had my hand turned coward or played me false,
This man that is my hand, and less than I
And less than he bloodguilty, this my death
Had been my husband's: now he has left it me.
How innocent are all but he and I
No time is mine to tell you. Truth shall tell.
I pardon thee, my husband: pardon me. [Dies]“
— Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic 1837 - 1909
Rosamund, Act 5, Scene 1.
Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards (1899)
— Attar of Nishapur Persian Sufi poet 1145 - 1221
As quoted in Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew Poems (2001) by Bernard Lewis, p. 119
Kontext: I shall grasp the soul's skirt with my hand
and stamp on the world's head with my foot.
I shall trample Matter and Space with my horse,
beyond all Being I shall utter a great shout,
and in that moment when I shall be alone with Him,
I shall whisper secrets to all mankind.
Since I have neither sign nor name
I shall speak only of things unnamed and without sign.
— Ben Harper singer-songwriter and musician 1969
Take My Hand.
Song lyrics, There Will Be a Light (2004)
— Harriet Beecher Stowe Abolitionist, author 1811 - 1896
"Life's Mystery", reported in Charlotte Fiske Rogé, The Cambridge Book of Poetry and Song (1832), p. 544.
„Truth is Thy primal word; at thy behest
The generations pass - O aid our quest
For Thee, and set my host of songs on high,
And let my psalmody come very nigh.
My praises as a coronal account,
And let my prayers as Thine incense mount.
Deem precious unto Thee the poor man's song,
As those that to thine altar did belong.
Rise, O my blessing, to the lord of birth,
The breeding, quickening, righteous force of earth.
Do Thou receive it with acceptant nod,
My choicest incense offered to my God.
And let my meditation grateful be,
For all my being is athirst for Thee.
from Millgram, A. E., Anthology of Medieval Hebrew Literature, Abelard, 1961.“
— Yehuda he-Hasid German philosopher 1140 - 1217
Shir Hakovod, trans. from the Hebrew by Israel Zangwill
— Example (musician) English rapper and singer 1982
"Temptation Avenue" (non-album single, 2009)
("Temptation Avenue" on YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzScrzAxU5s
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
The Fly, st. 1–3
1790s, Songs of Experience (1794)
„I am not yet born; forgive me
For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words
When they speak me, my thoughts when they think me,
My treason engendered by traitors beyond me,
My life when they murder by means of my
Hands, my death when they live me.“
— Louis MacNeice poet 1907 - 1963
"Prayer Before Birth", line 11
„But that's how it is when you start wanting to have things. Now, I just look at them, and when I go away I carry them in my head. Then my hands are always free, because I don't have to carry a suitcase.“
— Tove Jansson, buch Comet in Moominland
Quelle: Comet in Moominland
— Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
Variant translation: Let the trumpet of the day of judgment sound when it will, I shall appear with this book in my hand before the Sovereign Judge, and cry with a loud voice, This is my work, there were my thoughts, and thus was I. I have freely told both the good and the bad, have hid nothing wicked, added nothing good.
Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1765-1770; published 1782), Book I
Kontext: Whenever the last trumpet shall sound, I will present myself before the sovereign judge with this book in my hand, and loudly proclaim, thus have I acted; these were my thoughts; such was I. With equal freedom and veracity have I related what was laudable or wicked, I have concealed no crimes, added no virtues; and if I have sometimes introduced superfluous ornament, it was merely to occupy a void occasioned by defect of memory: I may have supposed that certain, which I only knew to be probable, but have never asserted as truth, a conscious falsehood. Such as I was, I have declared myself; sometimes vile and despicable, at others, virtuous, generous and sublime; even as thou hast read my inmost soul: Power eternal! assemble round thy throne an innumerable throng of my fellow-mortals, let them listen to my confessions, let them blush at my depravity, let them tremble at my sufferings; let each in his turn expose with equal sincerity the failings, the wanderings of his heart, and, if he dare, aver, I was better than that man.
„O power of Love, O wondrous mystery!
How is my dark illumined by thy light,
That maketh morning of my gloomy night,
Setting my soul from Sorrow's bondage free
With swift-sent revelation! Yea, I see
Beyond the limitation of my sight
And senses, comprehending now, aright,
Today's proportion to eternity.
Through thee, my faith in God is made me sure,
My searching eyes have pierced the misty veil;
The pain and anguish which stern Sorrow brings
Through thee become more easy to endure.
Love-strong I mount, and heaven's high summit scale;
Through thee, my soul has spread her folded wings.“
— Katrina Trask American writer 1853 - 1922
— Nina Salaman British Jewish poet, translator, and social activist 1877 - 1925
Poem At the dawn I seek Thee
„And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done beating.“
— Cassandra Clare, buch Clockwork Princess
Quelle: Clockwork Princess
— Jean Genet, buch Our Lady of the Flowers
Quelle: Our Lady of the Flowers
— Mike Oldfield English musician, multi-instrumentalist 1953
Song lyrics, Heaven's Open (1991)
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
Mis culpas no irán a otras manos por mi culpa. No quiero otra culpa en mis manos.
„I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord's hands. There is no harm in the Lord's hands, only good. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord's hands it is the Lord's will and it is good.“
— Norman Vincent Peale, buch The Power of Positive Thinking
Quelle: The Power of Positive Thinking
„I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs. Born thus, I ask to be no other man than that I am.“
— Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 v.Chr
Oedipus (Line 1079?).
Variante: I am Fortune's child,
Not man's; her mother face hath ever smiled
Above me, and my brethren of the sky,
The changing Moons, have changed me low and high.
There is my lineage true, which none shall wrest
From me; who then am I to fear this quest?