929. The living know that they must die

1 The living know that they must die,
But all the dead unconscious lie;
Their powers of thought and sense are gone,
Alike unknowing the unknown.

2 Their hatred and their love are lost,
Their envy buried in the dust;
They have no share in all that's done
Beneath the circuit of the sun.

3 Then what my thoughts design to do,
My hands must hasten to pursue;
Since no device, nor work is found,
Nor faith, nor hope, beneath the ground.

Text Information
First Line: The living know that they must die
Author: Anon.
Publication Date: 1886
Topic: Death and Resurrection
Tune Information
Composer: Daniel Read
Meter: L. M.
Key: d minor or modal
Notes: Alternate tunes: 927 or 932.

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