Here We Have a Little Bit of Eden

Music: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her. (BWV 700)
By J.S. Bach. Sequenced by Margareth Greentree at Kunst der Fuge.

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Here we have a little bit of Eden,
An innocence deliberately detained.
Praised be love, that holds the heel of heaven,
Preserving what would else escape from pain,
Yet now renews the heart again, again.

For love depends upon a tended garden
Older than the myth of Adam's fall,
Underneath the usual confusion
Resisting the implacable illusion
That makes of love a dream beyond recall:
Here it lives within the garden wall.




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