Calendar of the Soul

Forty-second Verse

Forty-second Week

  In this the shrouding gloom of winter
  The soul feels  ardently impelled
  To manifest its innate strength,
  To guide itself to realms of darkness,
  Anticipating thus
  Through warmth  of heart the sense-world's

English translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

  Es ist in diesem Winterdunkel
  Die Offenbarung eigner Kraft
  Der Seele starker Trieb,
  In Finsternisse sie zu lenken
  Und ahnend vorzufühlen
  Durch Herzenswärme Sinnesoffenbarung.

The Year Participated translation
by Owen Barfield

  This hour of sunless gloom
  evokes a forceful impulse in the soul
  to open and reveal the strength in her,
  to make her way into the darkest places
  and there what senses later shall impart
  feel as a telling warmth about the heart.

(provided with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Press)