ECCE HOMO BEHOLD THE MAN
Friedrich Nietzsche tr. Robert Yates

Ja! Ich weiss, woher ich stamme!
Ungesättigt gleich der Flamme
Glühe und verzehr' ich mich.
Licht wird alles, was ich fasse,
Kohle alles, was ich lasse.
Flamme bin ich sicherlich!

Yes! I know where I am from!
Unsatiated like the flame
I glow and consume myself.
Everything I hold turns to light,
Everything I leave turns to ash.
Flame is certainly what I am!

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Trans. Copyright © Robert Yates, 2010


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