The Gift of Art

In times primordial
The spirit of earth-existence
Approached the spirit of heaven.
Beseechingly he spoke:
I know how to converse
With the human spirit:
Yet I wish to have as well
That language
Through which the heart of the world
Can speak unto the human heart.
Then the kindly heaven-spirit bestowed
Upon the entreating spirit of earth
The arts.

– Rudolf Steiner – December 7, 1919