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+ "Temples are no longer known. It is we who secretly save up
these extravagances of the heart. Where one of them still
survives,
a Thing that was formally prayed to, worshiped, knelt
before—
just as it is it passes into the invisible world.
Many no longer perceive it, yet miss the chance
to build it inside themselves now, with pillars and statues:
greater."
Rainer Maria Rilke, from “The Seventh Elegy”, in Duino Elegies, trans. Stephen Mitchell
20th July 2012
Tags: Rainer Maria Rilke The Seventh Elegy Duino Elegies thoughts that breathe poetry lit

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