250 MODERN GERMAN LITERATURE Gothic palace, shadowy as a spy intent on vengeance, growing as it gropes, and with a woman pale and rigid at the window-pane while the moon peeps round a high corner. In the prose visions of Mit silberner Sichel(1917) Daubler unfolds his moon-magic, In one section of this book - like Rilke in his 23rd Sonnet to Orpheus (Part I) - Daubler uses flying as the complicated symbol of his new mysticism: the goal of all dream and yearning is a star; this shimmers in the empyrean of our deepest being; and the bark of yearning, spun of moonbeams and with a magic haze for sail, wings aloft to it; and thus beauty itself can be quite simply defined as Enterdung (flight from the earth or reality), as Sternung (that reaching for a star with no return which in Rilke's poem makes the aviator the pattern of man self-perfected by selfless striving to enskied angel). Daubler's other works have the same concatenation of visions sprung from nai've equations dependent partly on the meaning of words: Hywne an Italien (1916), Hesperian (1918), Treppe %um Nordlicht (1920), Paan und Dithyramb us (1924). In Der sternhelk Weg (1915) and Das Sternenkind (1916) the best of his lyric work is gathered. His novel UAfricana (1928) is more attempt than achievement.