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Marjorie Walk

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Day Of The Dead

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Day Of The Dead

November 1st, Old Mexico,

    the graveyards dance and sing,

the grey tombs lit by torches glow

    as mourners picnicking

cheer up the dead with joyful song:

    'Wake up, the night is long!'

How different from the English way

    with sovereign Death addressed

once only on a single day,

    our loved ones left to rest,

'Sweet dead sleep tight and deep and long,

    No light, no dance, no song!'