To Be Nothing and Want Nothing

by Angelus Silesius

English version by Maria Shrady
Original Language German

O Man, as long as you exist, know, have, and cherish,
You have not been delivered, believe me, of your burden.

-- from German Mystical Writings: Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme, and others, Edited by Karen J. Campbell

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