Who, if I screamed out, would hear me among the hierarchies
of angels? And if one suddenly did take
me to his heart: I would perish from his
stronger existence. For beauty is nothing
but the onset of terror we’re still just able to bear,
and we admire it so because it calmly disdains
to destroy us. Every angel is terrifying.

– Rainer Maria Rilke. excerpt from First Duino Elegy

translated by Galway Kinnell and Hannah Liebmann

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