Monday, September 22, 2008

My Immortal Beloved


The Third Letter

Good morning, on July 7:

Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us - I can live only wholly with you or not at all - Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits - Yes, unhappily it must be so - You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart - never - never - Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in Vienna is now a wretched life - Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men - At my age I need a steady, quiet life - can that be so in our connection?

My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day - therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once - Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together - Be calm - love me today, yesterday - what tearful longings for you - you - you - my life - my all - farewell. Oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.

... Letters to the Immortal Beloved, Ludwig van Beethoven

3 comments:

dew embun said...

To love and be loved so True,
Is only to love and be loved by You.

Nizar said...

can't help but feel deeply melancholic, and that the letter reads in so many ways, especially in the end days of Ramadhan.

I pray the blessed month has been fruitful for you, and that we all get to meet it once more, Insya Allah.

TheHoopoe said...

Yes .... Thank You - for being able to see it that way.

That is awesome ... and most of my entries were intended to be looked at in that way: seemingly familiar issues from another perspective - so perchance, we might think deeper about them, beyond our assumed positions.