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All people hearken and give ear to that

All people hearken, and give ear
to that which I shall tell,
Both high and low, both rich and poor,
that in the world do dwell.

For Why ? my mouth shall make discourse
of many things most wise,
In understanding shall my heart
its study exercise.

I will incline mine ear to know
the parable so dark,
And open all my doubtful speech
in metre on my harp.

Wherefore should I affliction fear
or any careful toil;
Or else my foes which at my heels,
do press my life to spoil.

For as for such as riches have,
wherein their trust is most,
And they who of their treasures great
proudly do brag and boast

There is not one of them that can
His brother's life redeem,
Or give a ransom unto God
sufficient in esteem.

It is too great a price to pay
none can thereto attain,
So that he might his life prolong,
or not in grave remain.

They see wise men, as well as fools,
are subject to death's bands;
And being dead, strangers possess
their houses, goods, and lands.

Their care is to build houses fair,
and so determine sure
To make their names upon the earth
for ever to endure.

Yet shall no man always enjoy
high honor, wealth, and rest;
But must at length submit to death,
as well as the brute beast

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1549,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 49:1-10;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 49
      Name: MAITLAND
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        Dates: 1844
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