Even as You Sacrifice Yourself

Music: Luke Dillon.
By Turlough O'Carolan. Sequenced by Barry Taylor.

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Even as you sacrifice yourself,
In love with love and gratified to give,
Dancing 'cross the ancient inner gulf
Athwart the plain on which each soul must live,
Long-borne burdens lighten into prayer,
Acts of worship meant as acts of care,
Done freely out of gratitude and grace,
Hard - yes, hard - and far more than your share,
And still a gift no pleasure can replace.

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