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          Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
    Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

           from The Book of a Monastic Life

First Line in Translation:   God speaks to each of us as he makes us,

First Line in Original:   Gott spricht zu jedem nur, eh er ihn macht,

The original German of the above poem (part 59 of The Book of
Monastic Life
section of The Book of Hours) was first published in
1905. The translation is protected by copyright and, as such, cannot be
displayed without permission of the copyright holder. The translation
and original can be found in:

  • Rilke, Rainer, Maria. Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God.
    Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy trans. New York: Berkley Publishing
    Group, 2005.