So, tonight we’re going to be playtesting A Flower for Mara for the first time. And, as often happens, I ended up in a conversation with Arianna about it. She was asking about August Moon, and I told her that I was working on this. So I was explaining how the game works and all that. In particular, I explained how the game opens with everyone gathering around while the Director reads from the burial service from The Book of Common Prayer. So I started to read it to her:
Man, that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower….
Then I blinked. “Like a flower”? I hadn’t noticed that before. But it’s perfect!
For those of you who are interested, here’s the full text that we’re reading:
Man, that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay. In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succour, but of Thee, O Lord, Who for our sins art justly displeased?
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from Thee.
Unto Almighty God we commend the soul of our sister Mara, and we commit her body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in Him shall be changed, and made like unto His own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself.