B: At birth the essential spirit, cleansed and kissed by water,
Shines forth pearlescent.
R: All too soon, despair
Despoils and blots its luster. Cruel human laughter
Scorches, twists, distorts it. I could bear
The blindness and the ignorance, the joyless mirth,
But craved sweet mortal Beauty as my air....
B: That hour has gone, all days are done, and every breath
You spend is one you will not miss as you expire,
Rejoining all those lost ones under earth.
R: Lady! Blessed lady: what do you require?
B: I conjure you: surrender and forgive.
Come now, essential spirit cleansed and kissed by fire
And holy grace, immortal love’s restorative.
R: As one whose glance steals back to a familiar shore
and weeps for parting, knowing he must leave to live
I follow you....
Both: To new shores shining from afar,
Unbounded and perpetual, where all we love
Surrounds us amid the eternal blazing stars.
And at this last of the book of my memory,
beyond which is little that can be read,
there is a rubric, saying:
“Here begins the New Life.”