And openly I pledged my heart


Original manuscript of Hölderlin’s “Der Tod des Empedokles”

“And openly I pledged my heart to the grave and suffering earth, and often in the sacred night I promised to love it faithfully until death, without fear, with its heavy load of fatality, and to despise none of its enigmas. Thus I bound myself to it with a mortal cord.

Friedrich Hölderlin: The Death of Empedocles

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