Give me the shadow, its dark stillness,
The feather, the bird, the dream,
The castle, the moat and the determination
to name the mysteries of the fire.
Give me Life and give me the chance
to see paradise and hell,
And poison and cup and that horn
that in the shadows illuminates my death.
Give me that eternity that lasts an instant.
Give me that brief memory that recalls
My temples, my cities and my Parnassus.
Give me all courage, all that imagined courage
That I have sought only in dreams.
And give me Love and Light and Sunsets.
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