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Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

20130104-183942.jpg We went to see Les Miserables today.

I thought I was doing well in managing my emotions until Jean Val Jean died in the arms of his daughter, and then the final lyrics hit me:

Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth
there is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
and the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom
in the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the ploughshare;
they will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
and all men will have their reward.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
when tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
when tomorrow comes…
Tomorrow comes!

There is something about the moment of letting go of life and taking hold of a dream that got me when I first saw the stage version, and got to me again as I sat in a darkened theatre with my family.

The storyline is rich and profound with the theme of grace running throughout, but for the first time I heard the lyrics of the song, “look down” and realised how the theme of the struggle for the humanisation of the underclass is such and important part of the musical.

I loved the moment when young Gavroche teased the posh aristocrats and the cast sang:

Look down, look down, and see the beggars at your feet
Look down and show some mercy if you can
Look down and see
The sweepings of the streets
Look down, look down,
Upon your fellow man!

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