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Great Ends Demand Great Sacrifice

Music: BWV 582: Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor.
By Johann Sebastian Bach. Performed by James Kibbie at the Free Music Archive
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license.

Great ends demand great sacrifice,
Else the dream becomes a debt.
Open hearts will pay the price,
Redeeming loss without regret.
Great leaders also make demands,
Else the mandate turns to dust.
Willing minds find willing hands,
As courage shared engenders trust.
So a nation moves ahead,
Having found its avatar,
In hard times hungry to be led,
Navigating by its star.
Great followers must take great care
To choose a leader who will be
Out of love and duty there,
Not shy, but still reluctantly.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon





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