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How can it be that God say they should

How can it be that God, say they,
should know or understand
These worldly things, since wicked men
be lords of sea and land?

For we may see how wicked men
in riches still increase,
Rewarded well with worldly goods,
and live in rest and peace.

Then why do I so carefully
from wickedness refrain
And wash my hands in innocence,
and cleanse my heart in vain?

And suffer scourges ev'ry day,
as subject to all blame,
And ev'ry morning from my youth
sustain rebuke and shame.

Now, I had almost said as they,
misliking my estate;
But then I should thy children judge
as most unfortunate.

Then I bethought me how I might
this matter understand,
But yet the labor was too great
for me to take in hand;

Until the time I went into
thy holy place, and then
I understood right perfectly
the end of all these men:

Namely, how that thou settest them
upon a slipp'ry place,
And at thy pleasure and thy will
thou dost them soon deface.

Then all men muse at that strange sight,
to see how suddenly
They do consume, perish, and come
to endless misery:

Much like a dream when one awakes,
so shall their wealth decay;
Their famous names in all men's sight
shall fail and pass away.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1549,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 73:11-20;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 73
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