a hymn of mourning

by Leo E. Johns III
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In sober pause we humbly kneel
Acknowledging Your perfect plan.
And, drawing strength from love’s rebirth,
We shed the common dust of earth
And frailty of man

To claim our place at life’s full feast.
With friends and family by our side
We mourn the life so rich and bright
With memories, bathed in brilliant light,
That You alone provide.

For Christ has died that this is so.
He drew His breath upon that hill
And stretched His hand to take the nail
To prove that death might not prevail
And show love conquers still.

We see the flesh, as seasons wane,
Fight to defy its sad decrease.
But, taking comfort at life's close,
We trust that now his spirit knows
Your holy realm of peace.

He’s not alone on life’s last road
To where the soul’s from body free:
Uplifted by strong angel's wings
And by the hymns his family sings
Towards fellowship with Thee.

And so we weep man's mortal tears
Reflecting on life’s trials, and pain.
His race has ended…
His work is done.

But, brilliant as the setting sun,
Sweet memories remain.

 . . . . .

Performance musicians at Dad's 4/22/05 Memorial Service:
Ron Gutierrez, Vocal
Leo "Bud" Johns, Piano
Evan Smalley, Cello

(What's an Elegy? It's a mournful, sorrowful poem.
See the Wikipedia definition...)


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