superhuman A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, bound-less, and systematised disorganisa tion of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of mad-ness; he searches him-self, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and pre serves their quin-tes-senc-es. Un-speakable tor ment, where he will need the a strength, where he be-comes all men the great in-valid, the great criminal, the great accursed—and the Supreme Scien-tist! For he attains the unknown! Be-cause he has culti vated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the un-known, and if, de-mented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ec-static flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen! greatest faith,
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