Take kindly the counsel of the years (from 'Desiderata II') (Luc Goosen)

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Editor: Andre van Ryckeghem (submitted 2003-11-18).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: #2 from 'Desiderata II'

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Title: Take kindly the counsel of the years (from 'Desiderata II')
Composer: Luc Goosen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born in fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.
You are the child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
 whatever you conceive God to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.