by Rainer Maria Rilke
musical arrangements include that by Morten Lauridsen

Abandon entoure d'abandon,
tendresse touchant aux tendresses...
C'est ton interieur qui sans cesse
se caresse, dirait-on;

se caresse, en soi-memê,
par son propre reflet eclaire.
Ainsi tu inventes le theme
du Narcisse exauce.

Abandon surrounding abandon,
tenderness touching tenderness...
Your oneness endlessly
caresses itself, so they say;

through its own clear reflection.
Thus you invent the theme
of Narcissus fulfilled.

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