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I blessed the gods that gave you breath,
Eurydice, fair as the moon;
I cursed the fate that caused your death
And stole you from my arms so soon.
I could not sing as much as cry
It could not be that you were gone;
It could not be that you could die
When in my soul such love lived on!
I sang of grief to gods and men
I sang and wept above your grave
Then I wondered Earth grief-blinded
To Taenarus, where I found the cave;
A dark cleft in a wall of rock
Above the pounding waves,
That leads to where the spirits dwell
That found no rest within their graves.
The world beyond tore you away
To dwell among the dead
Outside, alone, I could not stay
For all my mortal dread.
My sin was loving from the heart
And loving without end,
When death our oneness pulled apart
I knew I must descend
Down to what lies beyond the tomb,
That place of bleak, stygian gloom;
The sunless, skyless, cheerless clime
That claimed my love before her time.
The passages tortuous wound
More deep, more dark, bel