This divine breath, by Johann Herder

Anthony Wilson

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A breath of our mouth
Becomes the portrait of the world,
The type of our thoughts
And our feelings
In the other’s soul.

On a bit of moving air
Depends everything human
That men on earth
Have ever thought, willed, done,
And ever will do;

For we would all still be roaming
In the forests if this divine breath
Had not blown around us,
And did not hover
On our lips like a magic tone.

Johann Herder, quoted by Heidegger, in Calm Things By Shawna Lemay(p. 44)


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