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If not forever, through the night;
If not together then alone;
If not in tune then with a hearty sound
But sing.

Or hum.
If all the words can't be recalled,
Syllables will do;
Or pluck upon an instrument.
The meter matters too.
Enliven it with pulse
And hum.

Then dance
If you can find it in your heart to.
Use a step you've used before
Or learn a new one.
More's the better.
Abandon comes in handy,
It's Life Time.

—Maury Merkin, United States

From One and Universal: Prayers and Meditations from Around the World, edited by John Midgley, president of the British General Assembly.

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