Music: Kommt her zu mir, by Heinrich Herzogenberg.
From the free classical sheet music collection of the W. Icking Archive,
copyright by Andre Van Ryckeghem at Kunst der Fuge.

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Eighty-nine is more or less content;
In love and labor lucky, more or less.
Given the loss of his long-tended wife,
Having made himself another life,
The final sum, he thinks, is happiness.
Yet all he sees ahead is a descent.
Nor does he see the need for his consent:
In death he finds the ultimate duress.
Nothingness awaits him like a knife,
Even as he keeps his anger pent.

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