Saturday, April 13, 2013

Epigraph for A Memoir Not Yet Written, #1

I imagine that every author comes upon things they wish they had written and then does the next best thing. They use the envied excerpt as an epigraph for their own inferior work.

I have several epigraphs for the memoir I have not yet written, though 70,000 words, give or take, are in the can and many others are on the cutting-room floor.

I will post a few of these epigraphs, but today I found one I particularly like: “Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life.”

It is from a song by Mumford & Sons. This one:

1 comment:

  1. Well, if you are looking for epigraphs for a spiritual memoir, the work of Mumford and Sons is a treasure trove. My daughter introduced me to them just over a year ago, and I have been amazed at how Marcus Mumford (who, from my perspective, is a young kid), comes up with lyrics that resonate with this middle aged guy.

    So, here are some others:

    Love; it will not betray you
    Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
    (From Sigh No More)

    So tame my flesh
    And fix my eyes
    A tethered mind freed from the lies
    (From I Will Wait)

    Let me learn from where I have been
    Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
    (From Below My Feet)


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