English Translation by John Dewey
Be silent: guard your tongue, and keep
All inmost thoughts and feelings deep
Within your heart concealed. There let
Them in their courses rise and set,
Like stars in jewelled night, unheard:
Admire them, and say not a word.
How can the soul its flame impart?
How can another know your heart,
The truths by which you live and die?
A thought, once uttered, is a lie,
The limpid spring defiled, once stirred:
Drink of it, and say not a word.
Make but the inward life your goal –
Seek out that world within your soul;
Mysterious, magic thoughts are there
Which if the outer din and glare
Intrude, will fade and be not heard:
Drink in their song — and not a word!