Neither Mourn nor Celebrate

Music: Art of the Fugue, Contrapunctus 1.
By J.S. Bach. Sequencer unknown.
Modified by
David Grossman.

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Neither mourn nor celebrate
This day that fathers should be kings,
But let it be appropriate
To sing of sunlight sorrow brings.

This day that fathers should be kings
Our child's death has all undone.
To sing of sunlight sorrow brings
Brings back in tears our dearest one.

Our child's death has all undone
Our joy in life, and yet our pain
Brings back in tears our dearest one
That we might hold him once again.

All joy in life must end in pain,
So let it be appropriate
That we might hold him once again
And neither mourn nor celebrate.




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