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Novalis, "Wenn nicht mehr Zahlen und Figuren"

One of the most famous works ("When figures and numeric shapes") by this German poet.  You can read the original here.

When figures and numeric shapes,
No longer show us moons or apes;
When those who merely kiss and sing,
Trump scholars taught in everything;
When to free life the world retreats,
And in the world this free heart beats;
When then anew by light and shade,
True clarity will be displayed;
When we in fairy tales and verse,
See history from its first birth;
Then at One secret word's delight,
This whole wrong being will take flight.

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