It was as though a girl came forth
from the marriage of song and lyre,
shining like springtime.
She became inseparable from my own hearing.
She slept in me. Everything was in her sleep:
the trees I had loved, the distances
that had opened, the meadows —
all that had ever moved me.
She slept the world. Singing god, how
have you fashioned her, that she does not long
to have once been awake? See: she took form and slept.
Where is her death? Will you discover
the answer before your song is spent?
If I forget her, will she disappear?
— Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus I, 2