Tides Return the Favors They Have Taken

Music: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gottes Zorn wandt (BWV 665).
By J.S. Bach. Sequenced by Margareth Greentree at Kunst der Fuge .

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Tides return the favors they have taken,

Having had sufficient time to turn.

All enjoy more riches than they earn,

Nor need surrender what they have forsaken.

Kindness, like a candle caught in mirrors,

Sees itself in infinite regress,

Giving that keeps giving its largesse,

Imitating what it has been given.

Vast and bountiful, creation shimmers,

Intimate in ways we cannot know.

Nor do we fail to glean more than we sow,

Granted light that glows down to its embers.

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