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Thirty​-​first Year

from Songs of Lewis & Clark by Sara Bouchard



Lewis: Sunday August 18th 1805.

This day I completed my thirty first year,
and conceived that I had in all human probability
now existed about half the period
which I am to remain in this Sublunary world.

I reflected that I had as yet done but little,
very little indeed,
to further the hapiness of the human race,
or to advance the information
of the succeeding generation.

I viewed with regret the many hours I have spent in indolence,
and now soarly feel the want of that information
which those hours would have given me
had they been judiciously expended.

but since they are past and cannot be recalled,
I dash from me the gloomy thought
and resolved in future, to redouble my exertions
and at least indeavour to promote
those two primary objects of human existence,
by giving them the aid of that portion of talents
which nature and fortune have bestoed on me;

or in future, to live for mankind,
as I have heretofore lived for myself.


from Songs of Lewis & Clark, released November 8, 2008


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Sara Bouchard Richmond, Virginia

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots. As an artist, I investigate ways to interact with and represent the American landscape through song. As a musician, I perform original and traditional tunes - drawn from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, country and blues - with my band SALT PARADE. ... more

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