Change and Love Are Contrapuntal Voices

Music: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra Op7 no1 mvt2.
George Frideric Handel. Performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra at the Free Music Archive
under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

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Change and love are contrapuntal voices
Held together by one harmony.
Remember that, though wed, one still makes choices
In which the will must shape love's melody.
Sing, then, of that interminable duet,
The interplay of permanence and change,
Of which a marriage is the best score yet,
Performed by those whose lives love has arranged.
How might two people keep their lifelong vows,
Each changing, changing through the passing years?
Remember, then, the beauty that allows
A song to make a timeless joy of tears.
One creates through love a dwelling place
In which one lives with dignity and grace,
Founded on an act of will that would
Embrace for life what makes life sane and good.

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