Dirge – a grieving song

October 30, 2013
___ A dirge is a song of lament or grief.

Definition via CollinsDictionary.com:
1. a funeral hymn
2. a slow, sad song, poem, or musical composition expressing grief or mourning; lament
The entry cites “dirge” origin from  Latin dirige,  that means “to direct” and is the “first word of an antiphon (Psalm 5:8) in the Office for the Burial of the Dead.”
—The “Office of the Dead” is a prayer cycle said for the repose of the soul of a deceased individual or individuals.
—So “dirge” is a direct entrance, per se, into a ritual for the dead.

In the 1971 folk song “American Pie” by Don Mclean, lyrics via one of the verses read:
“We sang dirges in the dark
the day the music died.”

A dirge is a form of expression over someone or something laid to rest.

Have you sung a dirge, or felt the need to?


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