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I said I will look to my ways for fear I

I said, "I will look to my ways,
for fear I should go wrong;
I will take heed all times that I
offend not with my tongue:

"As with a bit I will keep fast
my mouth with force and might,
Not once to whisper all the while
the wicked are in sight."

I held my tongue, and spake no word,
but kept me close and still;
Yea, from good talk I did refrain,
but sore against my will.

My heart grew hot within my breast
with musing, thought and doubt,
Which did increase and stir the fire,
at last these words burst out:

Lord, number out my life and days,
which yet I have not past;
So that I may be certified
how long my life shall last.

For thou hast pointed out my life,
in length much like a span:
My age is nothing unto thee;
so vain is every man!

Man walketh like a shade, and doth
in vain himself employ,
In getting goods, and cannot tell
who shall the same enjoy.

Therefore, O Lord, what wait I for?
What help do I desire?
Truly my hope is e'en in thee,
I nothing else require.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1562,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 39:1-8;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 39
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