More Poems & Stories >>

Who can enumerate?

(Lewis Bayly, "The Practice of Piety--Directing a
Christian how to live, that he may please God" 1611)

Oh, with what a body of sin are you compassed
about, in this world of wickedness!

What are your eyes--but windows to behold vanities?

What are your ears--but flood-gates to let in the
streams of iniquity?

What are your senses--but matches to give fire
to your lusts?

What is your heart--but the anvil whereon Satan
has forged the ugly shape of all lewd affections?

You see in daily experience, that . . .
  he who was rich yesterday, is today a beggar;
  he who yesterday was in health, today is sick;
  he who yesterday was merry and laughing,
      has cause today to mourn and weep;
  he who yesterday was in favor, today is in disgrace;
  and he who yesterday was alive, today is dead!
And you know not how soon, nor in what manner
you shall die yourself!

Who can enumerate . . .
  the losses,
  the crosses,
  the griefs,
  the disgraces,
  the sicknesses,
  the calamities,
which are incident to sinful man?

More Poems & Stories >>

Copyright Notice: If anything on this site is being used in violation of copyright laws, please contact us as soon as possible and it will be removed immediately.

Did you enjoy this article? Please let our administrator know!

Perhaps you have a friend that would enjoy it as well?
Tell them about it here.

Are you aware of a poem or story that should be included on our site? Please tell us about it!

New Testament  |  Old Testament  |  Search  |  Resources  |  Bible Helps  |  Daily Reading