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In Text on November 13, 2020 at 11:59 am

            (for my daughter’s first birthday)

            He places me upon his knee,
            A princess on my pearly throne.
            I am my father’s face of glee;

            I am his heart sung joyfully.
            With ribbons red and golden bows,
            He places me upon his knee

            And holds me as he merrily
            Makes wish and on my candle blows.
            I am my father’s face of glee;

            I am his love shone graciously.
            As ever did a daughter know,
            He places me upon his knee,

            And blesses me, his living tree,
            As I to him am gift bestowed.
            I am my father’s face of glee

            Shone out for all eternity;
            For even when my sorrows grow,
            He places me upon his knee

            Where joy dispels but endlessly
            As light upon the shadowed soul.
            He places me upon his knee;
            I am my father’s face of glee.
                       —Darcy Blahut

The live recording of the performance by DUOroboros: Dagmar Bathmann, cello and voice / Omar Cecchi, vibraphone [4:15] mp3

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