Know thyself, and you will know why shadows
Are making love on empty walls,
And you will understand why summer
It’s always under autumn’s thrall.
Know thyself, and you will understand forever
Why footsteps haunt you in the dark
Why tears flow on mystic faces
And why Noah strived to build an ark.
Know thyself, and you will know the world
The nothingness from which was born
The silence in the land of Eleusis
While harvesting the ear of the corn.
Reference to the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece, which included the ritual of “an ear of corn cut in silence.” It is believed that this ritual symbolized the birth of a new life.