Stories of God

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke's haunting photographs specialise in the trouble of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety.

Rainer Maria Rilke felt that the area and all its joys such a lot actually belonged to the younger, and in Stories of God he captured for them the magic, attraction and knowledge of fairy and folks stories.

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This is the reason she turns out so proud. ’ ‘N o! ’ retorted Palla degli Albizzi with over the top vehe­ mence. ‘She is proud, yet that isn't the fault of her adolescence. She is proud as marble is within the fingers of Michelangelo, proud as a flower in an image of the Madonna, proud as a ray of solar passing over diamonds—’ Gaetano Strozzi interrupted him with a few severity: ‘And you, Palla, will not be you proud additionally? to listen to you, one may imagine you desired to take your house one of the beggars who wait concerning the hour of vespers within the courtroom­ backyard of Santissima Annunziata, until eventually Beatrice Altichieri passes and, with avoided face, provides each one of them a soldo. ” ‘I will do even that! ' cried Palla with blazing eyes, and pushing his neighbors apart, he sprang down the staircase and disappeared. Tomaso used to be approximately to persist with, yet Strozzi held him again. ‘Let be. He needs to be left to himself now; then he'll come to his senses faster. ’ And the younger males dispersed into the gardens. within the forecourt of Santissima Annunziata, that eve1 eleven STORIES OF G O D ^ ning too, a few twenty beggars, women and men, waited for vespers. Beatrice, who knew all of them by way of identify and might occasionally stopover at the kids and the unwell of their wretched houses on the Porta San Niccolo, used to give each of them, in passing, with a small silver piece. To-day she a bit past due; the bells had already rung their name, and basically threads in their sound nonetheless hung in regards to the towers above the darkening air. An uneasiness unfold one of the mendicants, additionally simply because a brand new beggar, a stranger, had slunk into the shadow of the porch, and so they have been approximately to force him off of their jealousy, while a tender lady in a black, nearly nunnish gown, seemed within the fore­ court docket and, hampered in her development by way of her pitying type­ ness, went from one to the opposite, whereas certainly one of her waitingwomen held open the handbag from which she took her little presents. The beggars fell on their knees, sobbed, and sought to put their reduced in size arms for one moment at the teach in their benefactress’s basic dress, or kissed its backside hem with their rainy, stammering lips. She had handed all of them, and never one of many figures so popular to her was once lacking. yet all at once she turned acutely aware less than the shadow of the porch, of one other determine in rags, a stranger. She was once startled. She turned pressured. She had identified all her bad buddies as a baby, and to aid them had turn into as typical to her, as, say, the dipping of one’s arms within the marble font of holy water that stands on the front of each church. It had by no means happened to her that there can be beggars one didn't understand. How may still one have definitely the right to provide those whatever too, considering that one had now not earned the arrogance in their poverty via one way or the other understanding of it? would it 112 The Beggar and the Proud younger woman were an unheard-of presumption to supply a stranger alms? And choked with the clash of those darkish feelings, the woman handed the hot beggar by way of as if she had no longer spotted him and stepped fast into the cool, excessive church.

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