George Younce, 1930-2005
George Younce died early this morning. There will be much said and much to say in the coming days and weeks about the remarkable legacy of this great man. But for now, perhaps the best words are his own, from his recitation of A. K. Roswell’s poem, “Should you go first,” from “Beyond the Sunset” on the Cathedral Quartet’s 25th Anniversary project:
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Should you go first and I remain to walk the road alone,
I’ll live in memory’s garden dear with happy days we’ve known.
In spring I’ll watch for roses red when fades the lilac blue.
And in early fall when brown leaves fall I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
And should you go first I remain to finish with the scroll,
No lengthening shadows shall creep in to make this life seem droll.
We’ve known so much of happiness and we’ve had our cup of joy,
But memory is one gift of God that death cannot destroy.
Should you go first and I remain for battles to be fought,
Each thing you’ve touched along the way will be a hallowed spot.
Oh, I’ll see your face, … I’ll hear your voice and though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand will bore me on with hope.
And finally and should you first and I remain, one thing I’d have you do,
Walk slowly down that long lone path for soon I will follow you.
And I want to know each step you take that I may walk the same.
For someday … down that long lone path … you’ll hear me call your name.