Ecclesiastical Method Verse

Calendar of the Soul
(Southern Hemisphere)

Thirty-first Verse

Ecclesiastical Calculation

Fifth Week

  The light from spirit depths
  Strives to ray outwards, sun-imbued;
  Transformed to forceful will of life
  It shines into the senses' dullness
  To bring to birth the powers
  Whereby creative forces, soul-impelled,
  Shall ripen into human deeds.

English translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

  Das Licht aus Geistestiefen,
  Nach aussen strebt es sonnenhaft:
  Es wird zur Lebenswillenskraft
  Und leuchtet in der Sinne Dumpfheit,
  Um Kräfte zu entbinden,
  Die Schaffensmächte aus Seelentrieben
  Im Menschenwerke reifen lassen.

The Year Participated translation
by Owen Barfield

  Light -- is it Sunlight? -- out from Spirit-deeps
  struggles to shine;
  translated into lively strength of will
  clear through the cloudiness of sense it burns,
  releasing energy that turns
  passionate drives into creative thrust
  that ripens into work amongst mankind.

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

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