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Poem by Robert Burns

The First Six Verses of the Ninetieth Psalm

O THOU, the first, the greatest friend
  Of all the human race!
Whose strong right hand has ever been
  Their stay and dwelling-place!

Before the mountains heavd their heads
  Beneath Thy forming hand,
Before this ponderous globe itself
  Arose at Thy command;

That powr which raisd and still upholds
  This universal frame,
From countless unbeginning time
  Was ever still the same.

Those mighty periods of years
  Which seem to us so vast,
Appear no more before Thy sight
  Than yesterday thats past.

Thou givst the word; Thy creature, man,
  Is to existence brought;
Again Thou sayst, Ye sons of men,
  Return ye into nought!

Thou layest them, with all their cares,
  In everlasting sleep;
As with a flood thou takst them off
  With overwhelming sweep.

They flourish like the morning flowr,
  In beautys pride arrayd;
But long ere night cut down it lies
  All witherd and decayd.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Tibbie Dunbar
  2. O Bonnie Was Yon Rosy Brier
  3. Phillis the Fair
  4. O Leave Novels
  5. Heres his Health in Water!

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