Heaven Has No Exit to Despair

Music: Anh. 78: Partita "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein".
By Johann Sebastian Bach. Performed by James Kibbie at the Free Music Archive
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Heaven has no exit to despair.
A faith too pure's a prison in disguise.
Passion is the impetus for prayer,
Pleading for more hope than meets the eyes.
Yet lack of faith can, too, be too complete,
Emancipating one from all that matters,
A separate, though quite equal, self-deceit,
Sustained by reason, that one's flailing flatters.
Truth demands fidelity to pain,
Ecstasy that comes and goes again,
Revealing nothing but a faith in tatters.

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