Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023409, Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:45:32 +0300

Transparent Things & Schiller's Ode to the Joy
Cherubim being mentioned by R. in his last letter to his Publisher (TT, 21), these lines from Schiller's Ode an die Freude seem relevent:

Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,
Und der Cherub steht vor Gott.

Voluptuousness was given to the worm,
and the cherub stands before God.

Also,Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum. ,
We enter, fire-imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Of course, Mrs Richard F. Schiller is Lolita's married name.

Alexey Sklyarenko

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