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BALAAM'S WISH




How blest the righteous are
When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
In such a happy death.


Oh! let me die, said he,
The death the righteous do;
When life is ended let me be
Found with the faithful few.


The force of truth how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous whom they hate,
A solid hope possess.


But Balaam's wish was vain,
His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.


He seemed the Lord to know,
And to offend him loth;
But Mammon proved his overthrow,
For none can serve them both.


May you, my friends, and I,
Warning from hence receive;
If like the righteous we would die,
To choose the life they live.


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May we, O Lord most high.
Warning from hence receive;
If like the righteous we would die,
To choose the life they live.

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LYRICS
Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: Num 23:10;
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. THOMAS
      Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1770
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        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
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