American Democrats, Lend Me Your Ears

American Democrats, lend me your ears.

I come to neither criticize nor praise Ted Kennedy,

 But to bury him.

He was friend to many;

And many believe he was an honorable man.

He sponsored many bills for the poor,

Yet he also was ambitious,

And tried for the presidential crown.

You all did love him, and not without cause;

There is no cause then to withhold you from mourning for him.

With good reason, I have opposed him.  But bear with me;

For now my heart is in the coffin there with him,

And I must pause this day only till the fight comes back to me.

American Democrats, lend me your ears.

I come to neither criticize nor praise Ted Kennedy,

 But to bury him.

He was friend to many;

And many believe he was an honorable man.

He sponsored many bills for the poor,

Yet he also was ambitious,

And tried for the presidential crown.

You all did love him, and not without cause;

There is no cause then to withhold you from mourning for him.

With good reason, I have opposed him.  But bear with me;

For now my heart is in the coffin there with him,

And I must pause this day only till the fight comes back to me.