Whence came man, his figure cowed
Sweat and tears upon his face?
What befell his kingdom proud?
Whence came man in his disgrace?
Away from mountains, tall and strong
Away from whitewashed cliffs sublime
Weary footsteps, his mournful song
Beaten through the halls of time
Whence came man, his spirit rent
Blood seeping forth from pierced heart?
What doom saw his glory spent?
Whence came man in fractured part?
Away from Eden’s blessed soil
Where kind sun shone upon his face
Away to bitter dark and toil
Awaiting peace, Death’s cold embrace