Before I was myself you made me,
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me
Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears.
Before I was myself you made me, me
With dreams enough of what I was to
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Relinquishing your powers gradually
To let me shape myself among my peers.
Before I was myself you made me, me,
And being good and wise, you
As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears
Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.
For love inspires learning
The mind assents to what the heart reveres.
And so it was through love you made me, me
By slowly stepping back to set me free.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon
Video Music: Serenade for Strings. By Antonin Dvorak.
Performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra at the Free Music Archive
under a Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike license.