Could I But Give You Comfort at My Death

Music: Fugue in F# Major.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Could I but give you comfort in my death,
How might I tell you what you meant to me?
All I did, both night and day, was love you,
Rulers of my kingdom and my heart.
Like gods, at last you claimed my painful breath,
Opening the door to mystery,
The final gift of all the gifts you gave me,
Taking what I could no longer give you,
Even at the end, with all my art.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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