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By Dag Hammarskjöld

Universally recognized and well-known as a peacemaker, Dag Hammarskjöld hid a awesome extreme internal lifestyles which he recorded over numerous many years during this magazine of poems and non secular meditations, left to be released after his loss of life. A dramatic account of non secular fight, Markings has encouraged thousands of readers because it was once first released in 1964.

Markings is special, as W.H. Auden feedback in his foreword, as a list of "the try through a certified guy of motion to unite in a single existence the through activa and the through contemplativa." It displays its author's efforts to reside his creed, his trust that every one males are both the kids of God and that religion and love require of him a lifetime of selfless provider to others. For Hammarskjöld, "the highway to holiness unavoidably passes throughout the international of action." Markings is not just a desirable glimpse of the brain of an exceptional guy, but in addition a relocating non secular vintage that has left its mark on generations of readers.

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When he came to, and the solid world again took shape around him, he could hardly keep back his. tears tears of self-pity and disappointment because his vacation plans had been ruined. — The one reaction was no less genuine than the other. be willing to turn our backs on life, but we complain like children when life does not grant our We may still wishes. 21 Markings He was impossible. It wasn't that he didn't attend to work: on the contrary, he took endless pains over the tasks he was given. But his manner of behavior brought him into conflict with everybody and, in the end, began to have an adverse effect on everything he his had to do When come with.

17 Markings was probably a little too early for the snakeVhead But the May sky shone high above the plain. The sunlight and the caroling of larks were blended into one cool ecstasy. The thaw had come, and the claybrown water of the river was swift and fresh. Out in the main channel, a dark bundle turns slowly. It fritillaries. A glimpse of a face, a cry. Of and again its own volition, again under the surface. No cloud passed over the sun. The song of the lark did not stop. But the water is suddenly dirty and cold the thought of being dragged down to the bottom by the heavy thing which is fighting out there for its death arouses a feeling of sheer nausea.

30 , _ 1950 n n—— tin—— on— na——im— na—-im—— mi— nn—•mi— mii—— mi— im—— im—— im—nn— nn— mi— nn—— im— He is one of those who has had the wilderness for a and called a star his brother. Alone. But lonecan be a communion. pillow, liness A heart pulsating in harmony with the circulation of body with the rhythms sap and the flow of rivers? of the earth in its movements? No. Instead: a mind, shut off from the oxygen of alert senses, that has wasted of imporitself on "treasons, stratagems and spoils" tame animal in whom tance only within four walls.

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