You Cannot Think the Book of Life Will Close

Music: Ogive No. 3.
By Erik Satie. Sequenced by David Cooke.

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You cannot think the book of life will close.
Opportunity must seem a right.
Most days contain a trace of paradise,
Kindling the hope that God is nice
Instead of just or loving or pure light.
Prepare for what is not what you propose:
Perhaps you think your prayers will suffice,
Unburdening your heart with hunger slight.
Repentance takes much more than you suppose.

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