Singer Majida al-Roumi pays her respect next to the coffin of Lebanese poet Said Akl during his funeral at St. Georges Cathedral in downtown Beirut, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Patriarch Beshara Rai led the funeral services at the St. George Cathedral in Downtown Beirut, hailing the late poet's achievements.A particular sense of patriotism characterized most of Akl's poems, Rai remarked at the funeral.The centenarian poet had dug deeply into Lebanon's history during his life, hoping to revive the memory of ancient thinkers and cultural figures who hailed from the shores of what is now Lebanon, Rai said."Akl is an artist who spent his long life in constant search of the true meaning of things, and a burning desire to express the indescribable," Rai said. The patriarch ended his speech with an extract from a prayer that Akl wrote, which like many of his works has become a popular hymn. Rai concluded by professing hope that the deceased's family, hometown of Zahle and all of Lebanon would find solace in faith as Akl did in his lifetime.
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