| Quote #4
To accept the waking body, saying now
Some hope at last. The soul isn't abandoning the body, and the human might have a chance at awareness. "Waking" in these lines is key; it reminds us of "awakening," which packs in a lot more meaning.
| Quote #5
keeping their difficult balance. (34)
The "difficult balance" could be the struggle between consciousness and obliviousness. We can never fully understand our role in existence, but hopefully we have some clue as to what's going on around and beyond us.