Two songs

These are not exactly Christmas songs but seem to be appropriate at this time.

for Jacintha Saldanha

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun;
Nor the furious winter’s rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan;
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!

4 Responses to “Two songs”

  1. haiku December 12, 2012 at 19:52 Permalink

    One of my favourite performers: amazing voice, superb backing band & great arrangements …

  2. James Higham December 12, 2012 at 20:13 Permalink

    Three good nights so far, JD.

  3. CherryPie December 12, 2012 at 21:49 Permalink

    Beautiful words, images and music.

    Thank you :-)

  4. Amfortas December 13, 2012 at 00:30 Permalink

    Beautiful.

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