[To the chiefe musition Ieduthun,
a psalme of Dauid.]
I sayde [to my selfe] I wyll take heede to my wayes, that I offende not in my tongue: I wyll kepe my mouth as it were with a brydell, whylest the vngodly is in my syght.
I became dumbe through scilence, I helde my peace from speakyng of good wordes: but the more was my sorowe increased.
My heart was hotte within me, and whyle I was thus musyng the fire kyndled: and [at the last] I spake with my tongue.
O God make me to knowe mine ende, and the number of my dayes: that I may be certified howe long I haue to lyue.
Behold thou hast made my dayes as it were an hand breadth long, & mine age is euen as nothing before thee: truely euery man is al [together] vanitie.
Truely man walketh in a vayne shadowe, truely he [and all his] do disquiet them selues in vayne: he heapeth vp riches, & can not tel who shal vse them.
And nowe Lord what wayte I after?
truely my hope is euen in thee.
Delyuer me from all my offences: and make me not a rebuke vnto the foolishe.
I became dumbe, and opened not my mouth: for it was thy doyng.
Take thy plague away from me: I am euen consumed by the meanes of thy heauy hande.
Thou doest chasten man, rebukyng him for sinne: thou as a moth doest consume his excellencie, for in very deede euery man is but vanitie.
Heare my prayer O God, and geue eares to my crying, holde not thy peace at my teares: for I am a strauger with thee, and a soiourner as all my fathers were.
Oh spare me a litle, that I may recouer my strength: before I go hence, and be no more [seene.]