"A Mother's Grief"
Op. 15, No. 4
by Edvard Grieg
arranged for two pianos by Anderson & Roe
A MOTHER'S GRIEF
In Edvard Grieg’s song, we encounter the sufferings of motherhood; it is a somber portrait of his wife Nina and her grief upon the loss of their only daughter Alexandra. The lyrics of the original hauntingly mirror their experience:
Gentle Jesus! Cruel one! To the stars you have taken my boy!
Did you need new angels there? That I must lose my joy?
Did you give him shining wings, is he in heaven’s keeping?
Help me in my helplessness, O give me tears for weeping!
— Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe