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The fact the composer was buried in an unmarked grave is too well known to repeat here. The cure for the illness from which he died was discovered only a few years after his death. A blizzard and sleet drove away the mourners who had come to pay their last respects.
Shortly before the composer’s death the Emperor Josef II had passed a decree, evidently to discourage the Viennese tendency to erect opulent tombs more in vying with one another to show off their wealth,- and as a result a grave stone was not thought of for the occasion.
He was unlucky that there is no truly authentic portrait extant for posterity to conceive of a composer who set down the very voice of God in musical language. A death mask was made and was accidentally smashed.

This child prodigy was fortune’s fool and yet no one who has listened to his music can ever refuse a kinship that is nurtured only in realm that matters, one’s soul. He is a soul-mate for anyone who seek for consolation in times of weal or woe beyond one’s immediate circumstances.

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Old age hangs easy, said the man.

He was in the trenches gassed; and harried

by good souls who knew a good story;

They cheered him for his valor.

‘My valor? I lived through your war

And live as living dead for all you care.

Time just ticked on. The rest was easy,’

said he with a smile.


Time rings a bell but not the hell

Of living thus in your midst.

Next time you make a bloody war,

Let time ring for another.


Background info: Henry John “HarryPatch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009)—known as “the Last Tommy”

—was a British supercentenarian, briefly the oldest man in Europe.wikipedia

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