WE RISE OR WE FALL

I squander light, can man begin to know

When darkness falls, which way to go?

Or where lives darkness?  Where do shadows dwell?

Not at sea!  Where Orion and Pleiades tell–

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The ships at sea at night

Which way to go! (1)

Without these stars to guide they

Would wander to and fro!

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But piloting, guiding

Those ships at sea,

Those stars at night can tell

Which way the lay or lea…

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The way to go!  The dark of sin,

Sin shows no light!

No sun shines by day

No stars by night!

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Sin the natural way

Aimlessness decrees

Cannot keep their eyes on Heaven

While sailing pitiless seas!

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Who made the Pleiades

Cast in the heavens about?

The endlessness of spatialness

Now hear Him shout!

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“Have you entered the springs, (2)

The springs of the sea?

Have the gates of death been opened,

Been opened?  Perceive!”

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“Perceive the breadth of earth!

Declare, if you know!

Where is the way that light dwells?

Or treasures of the snow?” (3)

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“Declare now, if you know.”

Or admit you know not!

I admit much too much for me!

I am but a blot!

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A blot on the page of knowledge!

Only God knows all!

Why not read and study scripture?

On this we rise, not fall!

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(1)  Amos 5:8

(2)  Job 38:16-22

(3)  Job 38:22

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Sam Cox 02.16.09

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