PSALM 49:1-12
METER:  77 77 77
This is the meter for the hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth."

1.  List-en, peo-ples ev-ery-where!
    Pay at-ten-tion, all the world.
    Pay heed, wheth-er low or high,
    Rich and poor to-geth-er, too!
    I speak wis-dom from my mouth,
    Un-der-stand-ing from my heart.
2.  Pro-verbs I will list-en to,
    Solv-ing rid-dles to the lyre.
    Why in trou-ble should I fear,
    In the midst of sin-ful foes,
    Peo-ple who trust in their wealth,
    Brag-ging o-ver what they have?
3.  No one can ran-som one-self,
    Nor pay God back for their life.
    It costs much to ran-som life--
    One can nev-er pay e-nough,
    If one seeks e-ter-ni-ty
    And would nev-er see the grave.
4.  Wise folk die, and so do fools,
    Leav-ing all their wealth be-hind.
  .  In their graves they shall re-main,
    Though they claimed lands for them-selves.
    Hu-man pomp does not give life,
    Like the an-i-mals we die.

Copyright 2001 Dale A. Schoening.

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