1279. Dust to Dust, the Mortal Dies

1. Dust to dust, the mortal dies,
Both the foolish and the wise;
None forever can remain,
Each must leave his hoarded gain.
Yet within their heart they say
That their houses are for aye,
That their dwelling places grand
Shall for generations stand.

2. To their lands they give their name
In the hope of lasting fame,
But man’s honor quickly flies,
Like the lowly beast he dies.
Though such folly mark their way,
Men approve of what they say;
Death their shepherd, they the sheep,
He within his fold will keep.

3. O’er them soon shall rule the just,
All their beauty turn to dust;
God my waiting soul shall save,
He will raise me from the grave.
Let no fear disturb your peace
Though one’s house and wealth increase;
Death shall end his fleeting day,
He shall carry naught away.

4. Though in life he wealth attained,
Though the praise of men he gained,
He shall join those gone before,
Where the light shall shine no more.
Crowned with honor though he be,
Highly gifted, strong and free,
If he be not truly wise,
Man is like the beast that dies.

Text Information
First Line: Dust to dust, the mortal dies
Title: Dust to Dust, the Mortal Dies
Author: Anonymous
Meter: 77.77 D
Language: English
Source: The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 136
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: ENNIUS, from the Mennonite Harmonia Sacra, 19th Century; GUIDE, Marcus M. Wells, 1858
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Webbe, Sr. (1792, arr.)
Meter: 77.77 D
Incipit: 11113 21222 24323
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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