Ashes alone (Thurlow Weed)
- (Posted 2016-02-12) CPDL #38533:
- Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2016-02-12). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 21 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 2016
Original text and translations
1. Ashes alone remain when life is done;
Garlands and laurels wither, fade, and burn;
Nothing of ours has immortality;
Such is the wisdom humankind must learn.
2. Ashes remain; the fire of human pride
Burns and consumes the doer and the deed;
Nothing remains of all we try to hold:
Pride of possession, science, natture, creed.
3. Ashes alone are our best offering;
When all is ashes, we at last are free,
Free from the chains that keep us from God's
love, Free now to come in all humility.
4. From these cold ashes, gracious God of life,
As from the dust you molded Adam, raise
Our mortal bodies to eternal life
That we may offer you eternal praise.
Text: © 2016 Christopher L. Webber
All rights reserved. Used by permission.