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Death of Bach

"What language shall I borrow
To praise thee, Heavenly Friend,
In this thy endless sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
Death's pallor now come o'er thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet Hosts of Heaven adore thee,
And tremble as they gaze."

Ah, such a quiet town,
The church bells tolled
But they didn't make a sound.
The leaves in the trees
Refused to fall, though the rain
Inside the clouds felt the pain
Not a drop reached the ground,
The death of Bach
Silenced the world.

Ah, such a silent thing!
The wind was still
And the birds wouldn't sing.
The strings stayed untuned,
The organ mute,
The choir loft was empty,
Untouched lay the lute,
The death of Bach
Silenced the world.

The moment the light in the music
Went out in the mind of the master,
Even Orpheus wept,
And he lay down his lyre
Exhausted and slept,
The death of Bach
Silenced the world.


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