A song for the living


Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die

I have sent up my gladness on wings,

to be lost in the blue of the sky

I have run and leaped with the rain,

I have taken the wind to my breast

My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth

I have pressed.

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have kissed young love on the lips,

I have heard his song to the end

I have struck my hand like a seal in the loyal hand of a friend

I have known the peace of heaven,

the comfort of work done well

I have longed for death in the darkness and risen alive out of hell

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I give a share of my soul to the world,

when and where my course is run

I know that another shall finish the task

I surely must leave undone

I know that no flower, nor flint was in

vain on the path I once did travel

But, I sipped nectar and wine when all

of life’s mysteries did slowly unravel

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

Amelia Burr