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Paraphrase Of The First Psalm

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

1.
The man in life wherever plac'd,
Hath happiness in store,
Who walks not in the wicked's way
Nor learns their guilty lore;
2.
Nor from the seat of scornful pride
Casts forth his eyes abroad,
But with humility and awe
Still walks before his God!
3.
That man shall flourish like the trees,
Which by the streamlets grow:
The fruitful top is spread on high,
And firm the roots below.
4.
But he, whose blossom buds in guilt,
Shall to the ground be cast,
And, like the rootless stubble, tost
Before the sweeping blast.
5.
For why? that God the good adore
Hath giv'n them peace and rest,
But hath decreed that wicked men
Shall ne'er be truly blest.

 


The man in life wherever placed,
Has happiness in store,
Who walks not in the wicked's way
Nor learns their guilty lore;

Nor from the seat of scornful pride
Casts forth his eyes abroad,
But with humility and awe
Still walks before his God!

That man shall flourish like the trees,
Which by the streamlets grow:
The fruitful top is spread on high,
And firm the roots below.

But he, whose blossom buds in guilt,
Shall to the ground be cast,
And, like the rootless stubble, tossed
Before the sweeping blast.

For why? that God the good adore
Has given them peace and rest,
But has decreed that wicked men
Shall never be truly blessed.

 

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