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Poetry Pleases: The Little Song Of The Harlequin

...You must rise again from the dark,
If only to suffer new pain...

William Ruleman's splendid translation of a Hugo von Hofmannsthal poem offers a fine guide to how life should be lived.

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(A translation of “Liedchen des Harlekin”
by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, 1874-1929)


Hope, love, doubt, hate—
Every pleasure, every pain—
These a heart can tolerate
Time and time again.

But numbness both to pleasure and hurt,
To joy as well as agony—
This is deadly to the heart;
So numb you must not be!

You must rise again from the dark,
If only to suffer new pain.
Live you must, lovely spark
Of life: live yet once again!

--William Ruleman

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