17061Sophia, Sophie, Söfchen...
- Aug 11, 2008Friedrich and "Söfchen" (a pet name for Sophie...) got engaged secretlyon March 15, 1795.Friedrich von Hardenberg was 22 and Sophie von Kühn only 13.But Friedrich's little fiancée, the love of his life, died in atrocious sufferingtwo days after her 15th birthday (she was ill during the last sixteen monthsof her short-lived existence)...Novalis himself - the incomparable Poet - died when he was 28.A *solar eclipse* occurred on the day of his birth: May 2, 1772.**************[Ich habe zu Söfchen Religion - nicht Liebe. Absolute Liebe, vom Herzenunabhängige, auf Glauben gegründete, ist Religion.]"I feel Religion for Söfchen - not Love.Absolute Love, unaffected by the heart, based on Faith, is Religion."(translation = J-M)[Psychologie. - Die Liebe ist der Endzweck der Weltgeschichte - dasAmen des Universums.]"Psychology. - Love is the ultimate purpose of world history - theAmen of the universe."[Meine Geliebte ist die Abbreviatur des Universums, das Universumdie Elongatur meiner Geliebten.]"My beloved is the abbreviation of the universe;the universe (is) the extension of my beloved."**************He is most famous for his wonderful paintings of the Madonna,of the Holy Mother, of Sophia --- in his former life, as Raphael Sanzio.Jean-Marc===================================================
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