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30 December 2014

The Savior

Always is God's human birth repeated,
Pious ears and heedless ones are greeted,
Closeness offered is again defeated.

Then as now his banner is erected,
All our pain and longing he selected,
Once again is to the cross subjected.

God is sacred knowledge now bestowing,
In the sinful valley heaven showing,
Into flesh Eternal Spirit blowing.
Even now, however unexpected,
Comes the Savior once again in blessing,
Sees our fears, tears, doubts and cares collected,
Is with quiet gaze now each addressing.
Gazing back is soon in fear rejected,
Just a child's eyes to prevail expected.

Original by Hermann Hesse, 1940.
Translation by Fritz Wendt, 2007.

Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962) was a German born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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