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But nowe they that are yonger then I, haue mee in derision, whose fathers I would haue disdained to haue set with the dogs of my flocke.
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Yea whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom olde age was perished?
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For want and famine they were solitarie: flying into the wildernesse in former time desolate and waste:
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Who cut vp mallowes by the bushes, and Iuniper rootes for their meate.
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They were driuen foorth from among men, (they cried after them, as after a thiefe.)
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To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caues of the earth, and in the rockes.
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Among the bushes they brayed: vnder the nettles they were gathered together.
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They were children of fooles, yea children of base men: they were viler then the earth.
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And now am I their song, yea I am their by-word.
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They abhorre me, they flee farre from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
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Because hee hath loosed my cord and afflicted me, they haue also let loose the bridle before me.
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Upon my right hand rise the youth, they push away my feete, and they raise vp against mee the wayes of their destruction.
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They marre my path, they set forward my calamitie, they haue no helper.
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They came vpon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselues vpon me.
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Terrours are turned vpon mee: they pursue my soule as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloude.
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And now my soule is powred out vpon me: the dayes of affliction haue taken hold vpon me.
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My bones are pierced in mee in the night season: and my sinewes take no rest.
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By the great force of my disease, is my garment changed: it bindeth mee about as the collar of my coat.
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He hath cast mee into the myre, and I am become like dust and ashes.
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I crie vnto thee, and thou doest not heare me: I stand vp, and thou regardest me not.
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Thou art become cruell to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thy selfe against me.
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Thou liftest me vp to the wind: thou causest me to ride vpon it, and dissoluest my substance.
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For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all liuing.
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Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the graue, though they cry in his destruction.
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Did not I weepe for him that was in trouble?
was not my soule grieued for the poore?
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When I looked for good, then euill came vnto mee: and when I waited for light, there came darkenes.
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My bowels boyled and rested not: the dayes of affliction preuented mee.
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I went mourning without the Sunne: I stood vp, and I cried in the Congregation.
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I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owles.
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My skinne is blacke vpon mee, and my bones are burnt with heat.
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My harpe also is turned to mourning, and my organe into the voyce of them that weepe.