O you who bear the pain of the whole earth

I bore you

O you whose tears gave human tears their worth

I laughed with you

You, who when your hem is touched give power

I nourished you

Who turn the day to night in this dark hour

Light comes from you

O you who hold the world in your embrace

I carried you

Whose arms encircle the world with your grace

I once held you

O you who laughed and ate and walked the shore

I played with you

And I who with all others, you died for, now hold you

May I be faithful to this final test, in this last time I hold my child, my son

his body close, enfolded to my breast.

The holder held, the bearer borne,

Mourning to joy, darkness to morn, Open my arms

Your work is done



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