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1
Whatever the wicked may say,
And those who God’s mercy despise,
Although they seem merry and gay,
They know not where happiness lies.

2
They seek it in pleasure and mirth,
They seek it in riches and fame;
Yet when they have sought through the earth,
At most, they have only the name.

3
Awhile they may boast of success,
Their goods may increase and abound;
But still, if the Lord do not bless,
No true satisfaction is found.

4
The hopes of the wicked will fail,
When called to relinquish their breath;
God’s mercy alone can avail
To give a man hope in his death.

5
But should we be ever so poor,
And yet have the Lord for our Friend,
Of life everlasting secure,
Our happiness never shall end.

6
May we in the days of our youth,
All learn where true happiness lies:
To savingly know the Lord’s truth
Will make us both happy and wise.