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Though wicked men grow rich or great

Though wicked men grow rich and great,
yet let not their successful state
Our anger or our envy raise:
For they, far hence shall quickly pass,
cut down like flowers, or tender grass,
Whose blooming beauty soon decays.

The gay, the thoughtless I have seen,
Like a young bay-tree, fresh and green,
That spreads its vigírous branches round;
But he was gone, as quick as thought,
And, though in every place I sought,
No sign or track of him I found.

Observe the perfect man with care,
And mark all such as upright are;
Their roughest days in peace shall end:
But, ah! the closing years of those,
Who dare Godís sacred will oppose,
One common ruin shall attend.

Depend on God, and him obey;
so thou within the land shalt stay,
Secure from danger and from want:
Make his commands thy chief delight;
and he, thy duty to requite,
Shall all thy earnest wishes grant.

In all thy ways trust thou the Lord,
and he will needful help afford
To perfect ev'ry just design:
He'll make, like light, serene and clear,
thy clouded innocence appear,
And as a midday sun to shine.

With quiet mind on God depend,
and patiently for him attend;
Nor let thy anger fondly rise:
Though wicked men with wealth abound,
and with success the plots are crowned,
Which they maliciously devise.

From anger cease, and wrath forsake;
let no ungoverned passion make
Thy wav'ring heart espouse their crime:
For God shall sinful men destroy;
whilst only they the land enjoy,
Who trust 0n him, and wait his time.

How soon shall wicked men decay!
their place shall vanish quite away,
nor by the strictest search be found;
Whilst humble souls possess the earth,
rejoicing still with godly mirth,
With peace and plenty always crowned.

---Alternative verses---

Tho' wicked men grow rich or great,
yet let not their successful state
Thy anger or thy envy raise:
For they, cut down like tender grass,
or like young flow'rs, away shall pass,
Whose blooming beauty soon decays.

marker 99
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
      Dates: 1821
      Bible Refs: Ps 37:1-11;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 37
      Name: REST (MAGDALEN)
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
        Dates: 1875
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