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Worldly Bliss lasteth not a;
It wanes and wends away anon.
The longer that I know this
the less I find worth thereon;
for all it is mingled with care,
with sorrow and with evil fare,
and at last poor and bare itman
when it begins to be gone
All of the bliss thus here and there
at ending weeps and moans.
All shall go that man has here,
and it shall wane to nought;
the man that sows no good,
when others reap, he will be.
while thou hast might,
that thou thy guilts here aright,
and work well by day and night,
ere then thou be of.
Thou knowest not when Christ our dright
asketh what he hath.
All the bliss of this life
thou shalt, man, end in weeping —
of house and home and child and wife.
Silly man, take care thereof!
For thou shalt all leave here
thewhich thou wert lord of;
when thou liest, man, upon a bier
and sleepest a, dreary sleep
thou shalt not have with thee any,
but your workings on a heap.
Man, why settest thou thy love and heart
on worldly bliss that lasteth not?
Whythou that thou art so oft-
for love that is so unsteadfast?
Thou lickest honey of thorns,
that sets thy love on worldly bliss
for full of bitterness, it is.
sorely thou might be aghast,
whohere wealth amiss,
wherethrough been into hell.
Think, man, whereof Christ wrought thee
andpride and filthy mind.
Think how dearly hethee
on thewith his sweet blood;
himself he gave for thee in worth,
to buy the bliss if thou be wise.
Bethink thee, man, and up arise,
of sloth, and go to work well
while there is time to work,
for else thou art witless and.
All day thou might understand,
and see thybefore thee,
what is to do and to,
and what to hold and to flee;
for all day thou see'st with thine eyes
how this world wanes and how men die.
Wit well, that thou shalt suffer one death
and also another.
It helps nought at all to,
may no man be against death.
No good will be
nor any evil;
when thou liest, man, under the mould,
thou shalt have as thou hast wrought.
Bethink thee well, I ,
and cleanse thyself of thy misdeeds,
that he may help at thy need,
he that so dearly has bought us,
and to heaven's bliss he will lead
that ever lasts and faileth not.