The Vanity of Man as Mortal – Isaac Watts

Thinking on Scripture

Isaac Watts

The Vanity of Man as Mortal

Teach me the measure of my days,
Thou Maker of my frame;
I would survey life’s narrow space,
And learn how frail I am.
 
A span is all that we can boast,
An inch or two of time;
Man is but vanity and dust
In all his flower and prime.
 
See the vain race of mortals move
Like shadows o’er the plain;
They rage and strive, desire and love,
But all the noise is vain.
 
Some walk in honor’s gaudy show,
Some dig for golden ore;
They toil for heirs, they know not who,
And straight are seen no more.
 
What should I wish or wait for, then,
From creatures earth and dust?
They make our expectations vain,
And disappoint our trust.
 
Now I forbid my carnal hope,
My fond desires recall;
I give my mortal interest up,
And…

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Perspective

 

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I walk past

And in a moment

I see

Two worlds apart

At the same time.

You are crying,

He is laughing,

You cannot see each other

But I can see

Both of you.

How are you?

To one

Yields,

“Great! how are you?”

To the other,

“I’ve had better days.”

Your world ending,

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The life of one you loved

Stopped.

His world beginning,

A life with one he loves,

Started.

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So here I stand

With Kleenex and tears

To one

And

Smiles and laughter

To another

And I marvel

At the greatness of

The  Omnipresent,

The Omnipotent,

All Knowing,

Savior of the World

To gives to all

Grace,

Love,

Protection,

Strength,

Wisdom,

To meet

Each need

While knowing

And seeing

Worlds apart

At the same time.

 

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Thou God seest me…Genesis 16:13