There Is No Hope Without the Help of Grief

Music: Passacaglia in D Minor.
By Dietrich Buxtehude.
Sequenced by John H. McCloskey at Kunst der Fuge.

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There is no hope without the help of grief.
Hope is kindled from a bed of ashes,
A history of holocausts and lashes,
Needing anguish to persuade belief;
Kindled only by a desperation
Strong enough to dry a pelting rain,
Grace that is the apogee of pain,
Intending more than personal salvation.
Vested in each sorrow is a dream,
Innocence surrounded by despair;
Nor are we grateful just for what is there,
Giving thanks for what we would redeem.




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