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Angelus Silesius - Quotation, Bibliographical references

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Mystic poet, born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroc?aw, SW Poland). The son of a Lutheran doctor, from 1649 he served as personal physician to the ducal court in Oels. Drawn to Silesian mysticism, he entered the Roman Catholic Church in 1653 and became a priest in 1661. In his Geistreiche Sinn-und Schlu├čreime (1657, after 1674 Cherubinischer Wandersmann) he found heightened forms of expression to voice his experience of mystic union with God. An ardent love of Jesus infuses his Heilige Seelenlust (4 vols, 1657; 5 vols, 1668).

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