Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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kleine Scham und die Winkel-Tugend von
dir ab und überredete dich, nackt vor den Augen der Sonne zu stehn.

Mit dem Sturme, welcher "Geist" heisst, blies ich über deine wogende
See; alle Wolken blies ich davon, ich erwürgte selbst die Würgerin,
die "Sünde" heisst.

Oh meine Seele, ich gab dir das Recht, Nein zu sagen wie der Sturm und
Ja zu sagen wie offner Himmel Ja sagt: still wie Licht stehst du und
gehst du nun durch verneinende Stürme.

Oh meine Seele, ich gab dir die Freiheit zurück über Erschaffnes und
Unerschaffnes: und wer kennt, wie du sie kennst, die Wollust des

Oh meine Seele, ich lehrte dich das Verachten, das nicht wie ein
Wurmfrass kommt, das grosse, das liebende Verachten, welches am
meisten liebt, wo es am meisten verachtet.

Oh meine Seele, ich lehrte dich so überreden, dass du zu dir die
Gründe selber überredest: der Sonne gleich, die das Meer noch zu
seiner Höhe überredet.

Oh meine Seele, ich nahm von dir alles Gehorchen Kniebeugen und
Herr-Sagen; ich gab dir selber den Namen "Wende der Noth" und

Oh meine Seele, ich gab dir neue Namen und bunte Spielwerke, ich hiess
dich "Schicksal" und "Umfang der Umfänge" und "Nabelschnur der Zeit"
und "azurne Glocke".

Oh meine Seele, deinem Erdreich gab ich alle Weisheit zu trinken,
alle neuen Weine und auch alle unvordenklich alten starken Weine der

Oh meine Seele, jede Sonne goss ich auf dich und jede Nacht und
jedes Schweigen und jede Sehnsucht: - da wuchsest du mir auf wie ein

Oh meine Seele, überreich und schwer stehst du nun da, ein Weinstock
mit schwellenden Eutern und gedrängten braunen Gold-Weintrauben: -

- gedrängt und gedrückt von deinem Glücke, wartend vor Überflusse und
schamhaft noch ob deines Wartens.

Oh meine Seele, es giebt nun nirgends eine Seele, die liebender wäre
und umfangender und umfänglicher! Wo wäre Zukunft und Vergangnes näher
beisammen als bei dir?

Oh meine Seele, ich gab dir Alles, und alle meine Hände sind an
dich leer geworden: - und nun! Nun sagst du mir lächelnd und voll
Schwermuth: "Wer von uns hat zu danken? -

- hat der Geber nicht zu danken, dass der Nehmende nahm? Ist Schenken
nicht eine Nothdurft? Ist Nehmen nicht - Erbarmen?" -

Oh meine Seele, ich verstehe das Lächeln deiner Schwermuth: dein
Über-Reichthum selber streckt nun sehnende Hände aus!

Deine Fülle blickt über brausende Meere hin und sucht und wartet; die
Sehnsucht der Über-Fülle blickt aus deinem lächelnden Augen-Himmel!

Und wahrlich, oh meine Seele! Wer sähe dein Lächeln und schmelze nicht
vor Thränen? Die Engel selber schmelzen vor Thränen ob der Über-Güte
deines Lächelns.

Deine Güte und Über-Güte ist es, die nicht klagen und weinen

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