. . . our heart always exceeds us
Is this a call to live in the moment? The regret of the past, and anxiety for the future are no place to live.
I think you're right in one sense, Ruth - In his Eighth Elegy he saysWe, only, can see death; the free animalhas its decline in back of it, forever,and God in front, and when it moves, its movesalready in eternity, like a fountain.There's such ennui for that original state in this piece from the Book of Hours -- O that we could live in the eternity off the moment ... Also, I think he's looking at an evolving God, from the Old Testament Eden-evicting judgmental God (perhaps of his own Catholic youth) to a softer, more human New Testamental deity, protector and shepherd. And perhaps that God would allow the human a mediated sense of futurity, blessing us with less of that knowledge of death - prophecies of our end we don't need. - Brendan
"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Go ahead, bloom recklessly!