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            REDEMPTION

May God give you a cool head,
a warm heart, an open hand,
a precise tongue, an ear with a shield,
and feet without haste or sluggishness.

When man stumbles on the path of life
under the burden of his pain,
it is his own weight that hinders him
from rising from the ground. Our sadness

affects us, and it is the most harmful
element in our poor lives, since living
under its influence is no life at all.

Don’t use works to measure your success,
but the soul’s pure faith which gives it
the ability to rise up again after it falls.

23-IX-1910.

autógrafo
Miguel de Unamuno
Translation by Armand F. Baker


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