Fifty-One

Music: Erbarm mich dich, O Herre Gott.
By Heinrich Bach. Sequenced by David Cooke.

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Fifty-one's a broad, slow-moving river
In between the fall-line and the sea:
Flowing full of rich, red-tinted clay,
Taking much encountered on the way,
Yet looking towards the teeming shores to be.

One must be a taker and a giver:
Needing, loving, wanting, swept away.
Even rivers cannot help obey.





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