EDWARD LEIN (words & music):
Elegies in D Minor. 1. For Matthew (Lament & Prayer)
In Memory of Matthew Shepard (1976-1998)
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ELEGIES D MINOR. 1. For Matthew (Lament & Prayer)
The Orange Park Chorale, Dr. Carole Clifford, Artistic Director
Copyright 2006-2018, E. Lein
For Matthew (Lament & Prayer) Lament Wyoming stars in silent horror cried as Satan's fists struck hard again, then crucified God's gentle child. And there the weeping night in disbelief beheld a broken boy's despair: chilled bones, alone, barefoot and bleeding, swaddled in an icy shroud distilled and crystallized from autumn's tears. O hear the first bird's cry and feel the breaking of his heart to realize his mother's grief. Prayer Why own this fear? Our silence multiplies, condemning us complicit in his pain, complacency our guilty wile. Now pray his suffering might our apathy dispel; let hopeful deeds amend and help atone. No hateful shouts of rage--but let us call aloud for justice, truth, and love, from sorrow's haze. O hear the first bird's cry and heed the waking in our hearts lest death be vain. Rest, Matthew. Peace. ©1998, Ed Lein