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Is there not an appointed time to man vpon earth?
and are not his dayes as the dayes of an hyreling?
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As a seruant longeth for the shadowe, and as an hyreling looketh for the ende of his worke,
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So haue I had as an inheritance the moneths of vanitie, and painefull nights haue bene appointed vnto me.
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If I layed me downe, I sayde, When shall I arise?
and measuring the euening I am euen full with tossing to and fro vnto the dawning of the day.
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My flesh is clothed with wormes and filthinesse of the dust: my skinne is rent, and become horrible.
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My dayes are swifter then a weauers shittle, and they are spent without hope.
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Remember that my life is but a wind, and that mine eye shall not returne to see pleasure.
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The eye that hath seene me, shall see me no more: thine eyes are vpon me, and I shall be no longer.
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As the cloude vanisheth and goeth away, so he that goeth downe to the graue, shall come vp no more.
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He shall returne no more to his house, neither shall his place knowe him any more.
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Therefore I will not spare my mouth, but will speake in the trouble of my spirite, and muse in the bitternesse of my minde.
12
Am I a sea or a whalefish, that thou keepest me in warde?
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When I say, My couch shal relieue me, and my bed shall bring comfort in my meditation,
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Then fearest thou me with dreames, and astonishest me with visions.
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Therefore my soule chuseth rather to be strangled and to die, then to be in my bones.
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I abhorre it, I shall not liue alway: spare me then, for my dayes are but vanitie.
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What is man, that thou doest magnifie him, and that thou settest thine heart vpon him?
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And doest visite him euery morning, and tryest him euery moment?
19
Howe long will it be yer thou depart from me?
thou wilt not let me alone whiles I may swallowe my spettle.
20
I haue sinned, what shal I do vnto thee?
O thou preseruer of me, why hast thou set me as a marke against thee, so that I am a burden vnto my selfe?
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And why doest thou not pardon my trespasse?
and take away mine iniquitie?
for nowe shall I sleepe in the dust, and if thou seekest me in the morning, I shall not be found.