Tell Me, Please, Whom I Ought to Thank

Music: The Art of the Fugue, Fugue 19.
By J. S. Bach. Sequenced by Alessandro Simonetto at Kunst der Fuge.

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Tell me, please, whom I ought to thank,
Having come here not of my own will.
All life can seem like a sadistic prank,
Nor can I count the creatures I must kill.
Kids imagine witches, werewolves, ghosts.
Scientists see horrors every day:
Guests that eat the insides of their hosts;
Insects that cut up their living prey.
Viciousness can sometimes seem the main
Ingredient in this well-seasoned stew;
Nor can I live without inflicting pain,
Grace for which I guess I should thank You.

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