How Can Hope Become a Way of Life

Music: Pieces en Concert -- Prelude, La Tromba, Air de Diable.
By Francois Couperin.
Performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra at the Free Music Archive
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How can hope become a way of life,
A principle determining one's ends,
Putting what might be before what is,
Postponing pleasure till the sacrifice
Yields the dream--contorted, yes, but real?
Granted, one might choose to live one's life
Removed from all pursuit of distant ends,
Avid for the ecstasy of is,
Desiring neither change nor sacrifice,
Undone by the immediately real.
A moment cannot help but move one's life
To serve by will or chance enduring ends.
In time one sees will be and was in is,
Opening one's heart to sacrifice,
Needing larger nows to hold what's real.

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