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He says further that when he sinks

He says further that when he sinks - ""'s"Hymnto...

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He says further that when he sinks "into the vilest degradation," he always reads Schiller's "Hymn to  Joy," and "in the very depths of that degradation I begin a hymn of praise. Let me be accursed. Let  me be vile and base, only let me kiss the hem of the veil in which my God is shrouded. Though I may  be following the devil, I am Thy son, O Lord, and I love Thee, and I feel the joy without which the  world cannot stand." The poem Dmitri refers to tells of the Goddess Ceres' visit to earth as she looked for her daughter.  She found man instead, "sunk in vilest degradation" and displaying total "loathsomeness." In the  chorus of the poem, Schiller suggests a remedy: "if man," he says, "wants to purge his soul from  vileness," he must "cling forever to his ancient Mother Earth." It is to this poem that Dmitri's soul is 
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