On the death of a child in time of war (Tim Blickhan)
- Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2009-11-25). Score information: Octavo, 4 pages, 66 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Copyright © 1991 Charles Timothy Blickhan
First published: 1991
Description: No. 3 of "Songs for the Abandoned" (see Composer's Page for the other movements).
Original text and translations
ON THE DEATH OF A CHILD IN TIME OF WAR
great warriors lie with you,
Whole peoples drift loose about you.
How should we stand firm
when so many firm have gone before,
and the same vast currents flow about us?
Sleep safely. We pitiless, we
remain, gazing where we were:
before wisdom, in age old
half standing, silent above
the screams of the ages, blind
children, folded as when we came.
Free translation from the German:
Auf den Tod eines Kindes,
Paul Fleming, b. 1609, d. 1640