Ecclesiastes 4 13-16

13Better a boy poor and wise
than a king old and foolish
who doesn’t know how to heed a warning any more,
14because from the prison house
he left to become king,
even when he was born destitute in his kingdom.

15I saw all the living
who walk about under the sun
with the boy,
-the second one,
who ‘replaces’ him (the King?).

16There was no end to all the people,
all those before them
also those after
– they will not rejoice in him.

Because this also is mere breath,
and a chasing of wind.

O Love, O God who created me, in your love recreate me.
O Love, who redeemed me,
fill up in me whatever part of your love
has fallen into neglect within me.
O Love, O God, who first loved me,
grant that with my whole heart,
and with my whole soul,
and with my whole strength,
I may love you.

Gertrude the Great


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