Life still exists in pain.

from Hymn to Life by Lou Andreas-Salomé poem ~1 min read

Surely, a friend loves a friend the way
That I love you, enigmatic life —
Whether I rejoiced or wept with you,
Whether you gave me joy or pain.

I love you with all your harms;
And if you must destroy me,
I wrest myself from your arms,
As a friend tears himself away from a friend’s breast.

I embrace you with all my strength!
Let all your flames ignite me,
Let me in the ardor of the struggle
Probe your enigma ever deeper.

To live and think millennia!
Enclose me now in both your arms:
If you have no more joy to give me —
Well then—there still remains your pain.[1]


  1. As Nietzsche remarks, pain is not considered an objection to life: "If you: have no more happiness to give me, well then! you still have suffering." ↩︎

—Lou Andreas-Salomé, Hymn to Life, p. -1