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First Line: Wise - unto - hell ecclesiast
Last Line: Now we say: they please me not.
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Theology

WISE-UNTO-HELL Ecclesiast,
Who siev'dst life to the gritted last!

This thy sting, thy darkness, Mage --
Cloud upon sun, upon youth age?

Now is come a darker thing,
And is come a colder sting,

Unto us, who find the womb
Opes on the courtyard of the tomb.

Now in this fuliginous
City of flesh our sires for us

Darkly built, the sun at prime
Is hidden, and betwixt the time

Of day and night is variance none,
Who know not altern moon and sun;

Whose deposed heaven through dungeon-bars
Looks down blinded of its stars.

Yea, in the days of youth, God wot,
Now we say: They please me not.

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