Friday, January 04, 2008

Day Is Past and Gone

I was privileged in August to hear the band Fisher King and Leven at a gig in Glasgow, organised by a friend who has become something of a music promoter, organising good folk and roots concerts in small venues (tennis clubs and the like). You see I do quite like folk music, I just don't think it fits the majesty of the Roman Rite. Rant over. Anyway, Robert Fisher of the Willard Grant Conspiracy sang a song which sounded almost like a lullaby, but was a gentle meditation on the closeness of death and our need to contemplate it.



Day is past and gone
The evening Shades appear
Oh may we all remember well
The hour of death is near

We lay our garments by
Upon our beds to rest
So time will soon disrobe us all
Of what we now possess

Day is past and gone
The evening Shades appear
Oh may we all remember well
The hour of death is near

Lord, keep us safe this night
Secure from all our fears
May angels guard us while we sleep
‘Til morning light appears

Day is past and gone
The evening Shades appear
Oh may we all remember well
The hour of death is near



Echoes of an old wise man as he approached death?


"We often seek to ignore this reality in every possible way, distancing the very thought of it from our horizons. This effort, however, apart from being useless, is also inappropriate. Reflection on death is in fact beneficial because it relativises all the secondary realities that we have unfortunately absolutised, namely, riches, success and power."

-Pope John Paul II, quoted by Christopher Howse

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Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Worth pondering on..

9:05 AM  

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