Four Children

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Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 15 February 2014

[Commentary is on its way. In the meantime, the lyrics are below …]

What is this story to you?
And what does our God command us to do?

1. Wise, wicked, simple, silent – what’s in a label?
Night of questions, night of wonders – all are welcome at our table.

What is this story to you?
And what does our God command us to do?

2. The first child looked for answers with touch, smell, taste, ears and eyes
For the who, how, when, where, whats and whys1.

What is this story to you?
And what does our God command us to do?

3. The second child spoke like a wicked gate crasher;
His question seemed a whole lot rasher2.

What is this story to you?
[SILENCE]

4. The third child thought the season had no reason or rhyme,
And wondered why Pesach couldn’t be a simple time3.

What is this? [SILENCE]
[SILENCE]

5. The fourth child’s sigh lent4 mystery. Was she awed, bored or afraid?
She didn’t ask a question, and still she stayed …5

[SILENCE]

6. Wise, wicked, simple, silent – what’s in a label?
Night of questions, night of wonders – all are welcome at our table.

What is this story to you?
And what does our God command us to do?

Notes

[1] ‘whys’ = wise

[2] ‘rasher’ = rasha (Heb.) = wicked

[3] ‘time’ = tam (Heb.) = simple

[4] ‘sigh lent’ = silent

[5] Accompanying voice part sings ‘dum’ = dumb (ie silent)

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