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Away in a basin, No crib for its head, A little lost fetus Asleep with the dead; The stars in the heavens Looked down where it died, The little lost fetus, A choice feticide. Away with the remnants, The parts never born, A little lost fetus, Apart and forlorn; Away with the pieces, Just surgical waste; A little lost fetus Aborted in haste. Away with its body, Away with its care; A little lost fetus Without hope or prayer; The stars in the heavens Looked down on the choice, A little lost fetus, Without any voice.
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), a parody of "Away in the Manger", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Away in a basin", 2007 [medium voice and piano], from Three Abortion Carols, no. 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-12
Line count: 24
Word count: 96