At midnight comes a second noon,
When time again stands still.
The bell rings twelve and all too soon
I feel I've had my fill
Of Life — but she knows well I love
Her more than being wise.
Although pure knowledge lies above
Confusion, still it lies.
The poets' gods and overmen
Are wraithlike, pale, and cold —
Like moonlight in comparison
With sunlight's warming gold.
At midnight, fountains of delight
Speak louder than my fate.
Alone I live in unquenched light
I give and generate.
The curse of perfect solitude
Is something that I bless.
I climb above my finitude
To say a sacred Yes.
(cf. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, "Of Poets", "The Wanderer", "Before Sunrise", "The Drunken Song")
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