Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Incipit Tragcedia.  When Zarathustra was thirty years old, he left his home and the Lake of Urmi, and went into the mountains.  There he enjoyed his spirit and his solitude, and for ten years did not weary of it.  But at last his heart changed, and rising one morning with the rosy dawn, he went before the sun and spoke thus to it: " you great star!  What would be your happiness if you had not those for whom you shine!  For ten years have you climbed hither unto my cave: you wouldst have wearied of your light and of the journey, had it not been for me, my eagle, and my serpent.  But we awaited you every morning, took from you your overflow, and blessed you for it.  Lo!  I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee that has gathered too much honey; I need hands outstretched to take it.  I would like to bestow and distribute, until the wise have once more become joyous in their folly, and the poor happy in their riches.  Therefore must I descend into the deep, as you do in the evening, when you go behind the sea and give light also to the nether world, you most rich star!  Like you must I go down, as men say, to whom I shall descend.  Bless me then, you tranquil eye that can behold even the greatest happiness without envy!  Bless the cup that is about to overflow, that the water may flow golden out of it, and carry everywhere the reflection of your bliss!  Lo!  This cup is again going to empty itself, and Zarathustra is again going to be a man."  Thus began Zarathustra's down going.  
 

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