Amelia Josephine Burr

(1878-1968 / United States)

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  • Rookie Carol Cross (2/27/2005 9:38:00 AM)

    Whilst searching for a poem on the death of my beloved Aunt, I came across 'A Song of Living'. Previously unknown to me, it just seemed to sum up her indomitable spirit and her life of life.

    Please share her words with me:

    A SONG OF 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 where my course is run.
    I know that another shall finish the task I must leave undone.
    I know that no flower, nor flint was in vain on the path I trod.
    As one looks on a face through a window, through life I have looked on God.
    Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.


    Do you not agree that these are among the most beautiful words you have ever heard?
    Carol

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Holy Russia

The world shall be made new
Since thou hast found thy soul.
There shall be freedom for the Jew
And justice for the Pole.
Finland's chain shall break
As breaks the ice in spring,
And spirits like the birds awake
That were too sad to sing.

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