Nocturne

by Peter Saint-Andre

Upon high mountains, sheer and steep,
Alone with nature I contend;
Surrounded by sublimity,
I wander worlds that have no end.
    Eternity is long and deep;
    I long for deep eternity.

Whenever I have made the leap
From certainty to paths unknown,
I've put a true integrity
In place as my foundation stone.
    Eternity is long and deep;
    I long for deep eternity.

The finest fruit that I can reap
Is harvested within the mind;
Wherever leads mentality,
The body follows close behind.
    Eternity is long and deep;
    I long for deep eternity.

Forsaking that which makes me weep,
I say a never-ending Yes;
My need is not security,
But qualities I choose to bless.
    Eternity is long and deep;
    I long for deep eternity.

If ever I have hoped to keep
A joy beyond its natural course,
Then I have willed infinity
And taken happiness by force.
    Eternity is long and deep;
    I long for deep eternity.

Eternity is long and deep,
With equal parts of joy and pain;
I long for deep eternity,
Since joy is what I strive to gain.
    Eternity is long and deep;
    I long for deep eternity.

(cf. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, "The Night Song", "The Seven Seals", "The Intoxicated Song")

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