In the tides of life and action (from Faust)

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

English version by Peter Salm
Original Language German

In the tides of life and action
I rise and descend
and fling the shuttle back and forth.
The cradle and the grave,
a perennial sea,
a flickering fabric,
a glowing life,
I toil at the whirring loom of time
and weave the godhead's living vesture.

-- from Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / Translated by Peter Salm

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