Gary Jacobson

MINE FAIR LOVE ‘TIS GONE

Mine fair love fallen, hast from mine side gone.
Oh sing thee now, thy sad and mournful song.
Grieve ye now, sad and mournful, for love so true
Passed on now into war’s grave blackened hue.
Oh sing thee now of tragic wrong
Oh sing of greater love for forever I’ll long.

Hear thee the depth of mine saddened soul ring
A funeral dirge, to mine loves sweetest death sing.
Sing to lost love, fallen far, far away,
For whose tempest tossed soul, I can but now pray
Cursing now, that most dreadful beast
That ogre mine love rode to this killing feast.

Duty left him moldering under alien ground
Now silent in peace, soft, nary a sound.
Oh where again can I wearily start
Born death of hope, of very heart
For mine love ‘tis gone, mine life
Lost he for whom I sang life’s sweetest songs rife.

We planned the rest of our lives in love’s grand wealth
Before war came stealing with calculating stealth
Before fated death
Sprouted its carnally, evil breath
Killing the source from whence very life doth spring
Morbid despair forever to bring.

War bears naught but cold-hearted fruits of death
Sprouting fire and tempests carnally, evil breath
O’er love lost far beyond where setting sun gathers
Upon a nation’s lovers, brothers, sons, fathers
Killing the source from whence very life doth spring
Morbid despair forever and a day to bring.

Now mine sweet love fallen, forever from mine side gone.
Oh sing thee now, thy sad and mournful song.
Having destroyed asunder what might have been…
Should have been…
If it had not been…
For the inhumanity of men to men.