Wednesday, March 27 ::: Conceal Me

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Man who is born of a woman
    is few of days and full of trouble.
He comes out like a flower and withers;
    he flees like a shadow and continues not.
And do you open your eyes on such a one
    and bring me into judgment with you?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
    There is not one.
Since his days are determined,
    and the number of his months is with you,
    and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
look away from him and leave him alone,
    that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.

For there is hope for a tree,
    if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
    and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grow old in the earth,
    and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put out branches like a young plant.
But a man dies and is laid low;
    man breathes his last, and where is he?
As waters fail from a lake
    and a river wastes away and dries up,
so a man lies down and rises not again;
    till the heavens are no more he will not awake
    or be roused out of his sleep.
Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
    that you would conceal me until your wrath be past,
    that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man dies, shall he live again?
    All the days of my service I would wait,
    till my renewal should come.

Job 14:1-14 

sound  ::  Melancholia, Duke Ellington (1953)

image  :: Adrift, Andrew Wyeth (American, 1982)

Adrift, Andrew Wyeth (American, 1982)Of what unmeasurable love
Art Thou possest, who, when Thou couldst not die,
Wert fain to take our flesh and curse,
And for our sakes in Person sinne reprove ;
That by destroying that which ty’d Thy purse,
Thou mightst make way for liberalitie!

George Herbert, 17th century

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