Poet Rainer Maria Rilke was born on this date in 1875.
As once winged delight
lifted you o'er many a former abyss,
build now bridges not yet conceived,
a bold and calculated venture.
Wonder's not only in the unexplained
overcoming of danger; only in a clearly intended
achievement does wonder become wonderful.
To affect life's course cannot be presumed
when the process can't be described
and the pattern becomes continually more intricate,
only -- to be swept along is not enough.
Stretch your practiced powers
until they reach between two
contradictions ... For in humanity
God wills to be disclosed.
- Rainer Maria Rilke