! - - - - "An excerpt from The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse (A poem by Joseph Knecht) STAGES As every flower fades and as all youth Departs, so life at every stage So every virtue, so our grasp and truth, Blooms in its day and may not last forever. Since life may summon us at every age Be ready, heart for parting, new endeavor, Be ready bravely and without remorse To find new light that old ties cannot give. In all beginnings dwells a magic force For guarding us and helping us to live. Serenely let us move to distant places And let us no sentiments of home detain us. The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces. If we accept a home of our own making, Familiar habit makes for indolence. We must prepare for parting and leave-taking Or else remain the slaves of permanence. Even the hour of our death may send Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces, And life may summon us to newer races. So be it, heart: fid farewell without end." -- (c)1943 Fretz & Wasmuth Verlag AG Zurich (published as Das Glasperlenspiel) English translation (c)1969 Holt, Rinehart and Winston - - - - >
1983: Pencil on illustration board. 14" x 20"
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