A Message of Hope

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  1. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member


    When it comes to this theme, there is never anything new under the Sun. The eminent German poet, philosopher, historian and playwright, Friedrich von Schiller, 1759–1805, brought the following message to our troubled world with his poem ‘Hoffnung’ – hope, of which three different versions are presented here. The first one is a masterly translation that was given to me as a special gift by my best friend, B.M.

    We speak and dream so very much
    Of a future in the Sun.
    Towards that happy golden goal
    We struggle and we run.
    The world gets old, then young again –
    Still hope is humankind’s refrain.

    Hope guides us into life’s great flow
    And flutters over cheerful youth,
    Enthuses us with magic glow,
    In old age too remains our truth
    And in the grave that ends our ways
    We plant fresh hope for other days.

    No vague or empty promise here,
    By a foolish mind begot
    The heart proclaims it loud and clear:
    ‘We’re born for a better lot!’
    And what the inner voice makes plain
    The hopeful heart does not disdain.

    Friedrich von Schiller​

    The second part came into being with the help of my inner teacher and Highest Self. It is how I imagine Schiller would formulate his message if he was here with us and writing it, now.

    Oh, how much talking and dreaming
    Of better days yet to come.
    Just watch them all running and chasing
    Visions of happier days, maybe a golden age of plenty,
    A world without suffering and pain,
    Where hunger and thirst, sickness and wars,
    Violence and crime have long been forgotten.
    Our world grows old and constantly renews itself,
    But throughout the ages humankind
    Steadfast held onto its dream.

    Hope guides us into life on the Earth.
    Happily surrounding us in youthful days,
    It bewitches us with its magical shine.
    And no matter how old and weary we get,
    Because hope is firmly in our hearts,
    It never leaves us and dies.
    Alas, each earthly sojourn must end in the grave.
    Yet, hope stays with us and accompanies us into the beyond.

    For it is much more than a flattering delusion
    And an elixir that flows only from the brains of fools.
    If we but listen, we can hear the small still voice of the living God,
    Who dwells in everybody’s heart and whispers:
    ‘For something greater than Earth life your race was born –
    A high and holy destiny is waiting to be fulfilled by each one of you!’
    The things that are thus revealed to humankind
    Never misleads or betrays the trust we place in it.

    Friedrich von Schiller
    Freely translated by Aquarius

    Last but by no means least, for those who can understand it, here is the original:

    Es reden und träumen die Menschen viel
    Von bessern künftigen Tagen,
    Nach einem glücklichen goldenen Ziel
    Sieht man sie rennen und jagen.
    Die Welt wird alt und wird wieder jung,
    Doch der Mensch hofft immer Verbesserung!

    Die Hoffnung führt ihn ins Leben ein,
    Sie umflattert den fröhlichen Knaben,
    Den Jüngling begeistert ihr Zauberschein,
    Sie wird mit dem Greis nicht begraben,
    Denn beschließt er im Grabe den müden Lauf,
    Noch am Grabe pflanzt er die Hoffnung auf.

    Es ist kein leerer schmeichelnder Wahn,
    Erzeugt im Gehirne des Toren;
    Im Herzen kündet es laut sich an,
    Zu was Besser’m sind wir geboren!
    Und was die innere Stimme spricht,
    Das täuscht die hoffende Seele nicht.

    Friedrich von Schiller

    With love and light,


    And that means all of you!​
  2. Bambi

    Bambi Well-Known Member

    That was some really nice poetry thanks for sharing it with us.
  3. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Thank you and God bless, dear Friend, for saying that you enjoyed it.

    With love - Aquarius
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