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As long as life its term extends Hope's

As long as life its term extends,
Hopeís blest dominion never ends;
For while the lamp holds on to burn,
The greatest sinner may return.

Life is the season God both givín
To fly from hell, and rise to heavín;
That day of grace fleets fast away,
And none its rapid course can stay.

The living know that they must die;
But all the dead forgotten lie:
Their memíry and their name is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.

Their hatred and their love is lost,
Their envy buried in the dust;
They have no share in all thatís done
Beneath the circuit of the sun.

Then what thy thoughts design to do,
Still let thy bands with might pursue;
Since no device nor work is found,
Nor wisdom underneath the ground.

In the cold grave, to which we haste,
There are no acts of pardon past:
But fixed the doom of all remains,
And everlasting silence reigns.

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Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Bible Refs: Ec 9:4-6; Ec 9:10;
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