Such a comforting line this, from a letter by the German poet Hölderlin. 

The sky and the air embrace me like a cradle-song.

May they embrace you, too.  And here is another thought of Hölderlin, on a peaceful state of work; and in another letter, his admiration for a friend’s calmness of mind.  He himself had an uneasy relationship with calm. 

Source: Friedrich Hölderlin, letter to Karl Gok, August 1797, Essays and Letters, trans. and ed. by Jeremy Adler and Charlie Louth (London: Penguin Books, 2009), p. 91

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