Friend, Pass Softly

SATB a cappella
Text: Marjorie Pickthall
Duration: 2 min
Publisher: E.C.S.

Written in memory of John Barron, founder of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada.

This work employs Canadian poet Marjorie Pickthall’s “An Epitaph,” providing a poignant setting for use in memorial services, or in concerts with themes of remembrance.

“her” , “she” can be changed to “him” , “his” , “he”, “they”, “them”, “their” as needed

FRIEND, pass softly. Here is one
Morning spent her gold upon;
Suns enriched her, and the beat
Of April’s tide flowed at her feet.
With each blossom, lovelier she;
Lovelier she with every leaf.
Spring forgets her now, and we
Count her summers by our grief




Themes: secular, memorial, funeral, loss, love, life, journey, long road, death, peace, stillness, nature, blossoming, flower

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