Wise Poets – Rainer Maria Rilke – Death

Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926)

Before us great Death stands
Our fate held close within his quiet hands.
When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine
To drink deep of the mystic shining cup
And ecstasy through all our being leaps—
Death bows his head and weeps.