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105. The Brevity of Human Life



1. I constant care will take,
Lest sinful words they hear;
My lips their silence shall not break
While wicked men are near. 

2. I dumb and silent stood,
No words of mine were heard;
I e'en refrained from speaking good,
Till sorrow's deeps were stirred. 

3. My heart was all on fire,
With burning thoughts suppressed;
My tongue was loosed, my soul's desire
I then to God addressed. 

4. My end, Lord, make me know,
My days, how soon they fail;
And to my thoughtful spirit show
How weak I am and frail. 

5. To Thy eternal thought
My days are but a span;
To Thee my years appear as nought,
A breath at best is man. 

6. Man lives in empty show,
His anxious care is vain,
He hoards his wealth, and does not know
Who shall possess his gain.




Last modified on 16 March 2013

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  • Psalter #: 105
  • # Stanzas: 6
  • Metre: S.M.
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  • Psalm: 39
  • Type: Normal