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​Reject The Burden

This song is by Iris DeMent and appears on the album The Trackless Woods (2015).

Reject the burden of all earthly solace
Put from your heart the claims of home and wife
Does your child hunger? Give unto a stranger
The bread that once would feed that little life

Humble yourself to be the meanest servant
Of your worst enemy and learn to call
The brute beast of the forest-ways your brother
And ask of God nothing, nothing at all

Reject the burden of all earthly solace
And ask of God nothing, nothing at all

Written by:

Anna Akhmatova; translated by Babette Deutsch