A la recherche du temps perdu
"We are involved with flower, leaf, and fruit.
They speak not just the language of one year.
From darkness a bright phenomenon appears
and still reflects, perhaps, the jealous glint
of the dead, who fill the earth. How can we know
what part they play within the ancient cycle?"
— Rainer Maria Rilke,
Sonnets to Orpheus
, from “XIV,” trans. Stephen Mitchell