Aimless and hateful!
Now life I'd double
In thine eyes seeing
Most gracious goddess!
PINE TREE AND LIGHTNING
O'er man and beast I grew so high,
And speak--but none will give reply.
Too lone and tall my crest did soar:
I wait: what am I waiting for?
The clouds are grown too nigh of late,
'Tis the first lightning I await.
TREE IN AUTUMN
Why did ye, blockheads, me awaken
While I in blissful blindness stood?
Ne'er I by fear more fell was shaken--
Vanished my golden dreaming mood.
Bear-elephants, with trunks all greedy,
Knock first! Where have your manners fled?
I threw--and fear has made me speedy--
Dishes of ripe fruit--at your head.
AMONG FOES (OR AGAINST CRITICS)
(_After a Gipsy Proverb_)
Here the gallows, there the cord,
And the hangman's ruddy beard.
Round, the venom-glancing horde:--
Nothing new to me's appeared.
Many times I've seen the sight,
Now laughing in your face I cry,
"Hanging me is useless quite:
Die? Nay, nay, I cannot die!"
Beggars all! Ye envy me
Winning what ye never won!
True, I suffer agony,
But for you--your life is done.
Many times I've faced death's plight,
Yet steam and light and breath am I.
Hanging me is useless quite:
Die? Nay, nay, I cannot die!
THE NEW COLUMBUS
"Dearest," said Columbus, "never
Trust a Genoese again.
At the blue he gazes ever,
Distance doth his soul enchain.
_ MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.Page 2
" She even hints that the text may have been garbled, after the author's collapse, by some more sinister heretic.Page 6
But these onslaughts, in point of fact, have behind them a tremendous learning and a great deal of point and plausibility--there are, in brief, bullets in the gun, teeth in the tiger,--and so it is no wonder that they excite the ire of men who hold, as a primary article of belief, that their acceptance would destroy civilization, darken the sun, and bring Jahveh to sobs upon His Throne.Page 10
What actual difference does it make to a civilized man, when there is a steel strike, whether the workmen win or the mill-owners win? The conflict can interest him only as spectacle, as the conflict between Bonaparte and the old order in Europe interested Goethe and Beethoven.Page 12
It starts out by denying his inferiority in plain terms: _all_ men are equal in the sight of God.Page 14
* * * * * The present translation of "The Antichrist" is published by agreement with Dr.Page 20
Upon this theological instinct I make war: I find the tracks of it everywhere.Page 22
" Instinct at fault in everything and anything, instinct as a revolt against nature, German _decadence_ as a philosophy--_that is Kant_!-- 12.Page 30
In the first place, it knows that it is of very little consequence whether a thing be true or not, so long as it is _believed_ to be true.Page 35
What happened? Simply this: the priest had formulated, once and for all time and with the strictest meticulousness, what tithes were to be paid to him, from the largest to the smallest (--not forgetting the most appetizing cuts of meat, for the priest is a great consumer of beefsteaks); in brief, he let it be known just _what he wanted_, what "the will of God" was.Page 40
In the last analysis, the type, as a type of the _decadence_, may actually have been peculiarly complex and contradictory: such a possibility is not to be lost sight of.Page 47
Take away one idea and put a genuine reality in its place--and the whole of Christianity crumbles to nothingness!--Viewed calmly, this strangest of all phenomena, a religion not only depending on errors, but inventive and ingenious _only_ in devising injurious errors, poisonous to life and to the heart--this remains a _spectacle for the gods_--for those gods who are also philosophers, and whom I have encountered, for example, in the celebrated dialogues at Naxos.Page 56
These petty bigots make a capital miscalculation.Page 58
--I have been understood.Page 60
" 54.Page 72
all instinct for _reality_--this cowardly, effeminate and sugar-coated gang gradually alienated all "souls," step by step, from that colossal edifice, turning against it all the meritorious, manly and noble natures that had found in the cause of Rome their own cause, their own serious purpose, their own _pride_.Page 75