Beckett: Poetry – No. 1876, Let Not Evil Cause You Worry

This exegetical poem is based on Psalm 37:1-11.


Let not evildoers cause you worry;
     do not envy evil’s prosperity.
They shall soon fade in a hurry
     in God’s wrathful severity.

Trust in God and do His good;
     stand fast in faithfulness.
Delight in His Fatherhood;
     He will give your heart its joyfulness.

Commit yourself to His ways;
     He acts upon your trust.
Your righteousness shall be ablaze,
     your justice as a mighty gust.

Be still and wait for the Lord;
     let not evil’s affluence cause you worry.
Refrain from evil, wrathful hordes,
     for it makes your reasoning blurry.

For the evildoers shall face their doom,
     but those who wait for God have an inheritance.
Just a little longer, and they’ll face their gloom.
     You’ll look for them but find no evidence.

Yet God’s humble shall inherit the earth,
     finding their heart’s delight in eternal peace.
Their joy shall suffer no death,
     for God’s serenity shall never cease.

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