Unceasingly itself creating
Soul life becomes aware of self;
The cosmic spirit, striving on,
Renews itself by self-cognition,
And from the darkness of the soul
Creates the fruit of self-engendered will.
English translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch
Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des Selbstsinns Willensfrucht.
The Year Participated translation by Owen Barfield
soul-substance goes on to be self-aware;
refreshed in new self-knowledge lives
on the World-spirit, onward strives
forging from those dark places of the soul
her felt identity, the fruit of Will.
(provided with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Press)