Before I Die

Glenn Hall

Before I Die

Glenn Hall

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Date: unknown

Rambling lines rhyme in space changing patterns, changing place until all we hear in our own mind

is our own vision, our own lie "But I only dwell in time you see, I don't yet know eternity;

I'm flesh and bones and blood and pain; I count my loss by what I gain." "Well, have you yet begun to choose

and learned to gain by what you lose? And have you learned to love another as a baby loves its mother?"

"I only dwell in time you see, I have no real reality; I have no higher god than I,

I want to get before I die." "Then you must die before you die and put aside the devil's lie

that you can take your worldly wealth, your lust, your pride, and your good health; "That you can take your girlish figure,

your handsome face or planned-for future; you have to live as dead right now, dead to all this world says, 'Wow!'

"For this is truth, and Jesus meant it, but foolish hearts will soon forget it, 'He who saves his soul must die

to all the worldly devil's lie'."

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Jamin pushed his barefoot heels into his horse's side; Bright blue feather in his cap,

all smiles did that boy ride He met a jolly beggar who seemed a trifle down So Jamin looked into his pack

to find a penny round And finding four he gave one to this beggar poor by fate thinking, "I would rather

give one now than hold on 'til too late". Then Jamin went a mile or two and saw a starving widow

"Mother", he said, "what can I do to ease your cares and woe?" "I know not what", the bride replied,

"I have many mouths to feed, but God knows my many woes and will meet my every need". "Good woman", said the youth,

amazed, "I have with me pennies three; please take them for your children and do all with them you please".

So off the peasant pushed once more, his horse beneath his seat, and seeing a tumbled cart, broke down,

another did he greet. "Kind sir", the good youth now proclaimed, "I see you sore in need. Please tell me where

to find a spare that you may do your deed". Jamin followed all his good advice and quickly fixed that wheel,

and the man, a jolly sort, said, "Son, I'll make a deal. "I see in you a man of strength forgiving,

and giving too; take now these four and twenty pence, and now, good day to you!"

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When you are walking along the way you hear a voice behind you say "This is the way, walk in it".

You turn your head, but no one's near You put your hand up to your ear and then you say, "Who said it?"

It's just the wind, blowing through the trees There's no one talking there to me. It's just the wind; I've heard it blow before;

I'll just keep walking to my own door. It's just the wind. So you keep walking with head held high refuse to listen

or wonder why or wonder who who said it. There is a way that seems right to man he makes his way

and all his plans his futile plans.... A voice cries behind you and says, "I am the Way." That voice stays behind you 'cause you won't go that way.

Yes, you are walking along the way you hear a voice behind you say "This is the way, walk in it".

You turn your head, but no one's near You put your hand up to your ear and then you say, "Who said it?"

It's just the wind, blowing through the trees There's no one talking there to me. It's just the wind; I've heard it blow before;

I'll just keep walking to my own door. It's just the wind, blowing through the trees There's no one talking there to me.

It's just the wind; I've heard that voice before; I'll just keep walking to my own door. It's just the wind.

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Men faint with fear in the midst of the land; the Day of the LORD is surely at hand. Morality no longer is what it has been;

like gold in the snout of a pig are all men. "Chastity," "prudence," these words are no more; they're long since forgotten in the world of the whore.

We whore after sex; we whore after money; we bow down to mammon and ever more "honey." We fail to repent though God told us to;

"We're covered by grace to do what we do!" We call evil good and say there's no sin; "I can do what I want with the entrails of men.

"I can remake the laws with sins I define; I can silence the mouth of an earlier time. "I can make untold prisons, start wars at my will,

enslave all your children and teach them to kill. "I seduce all your youth with music and clothes, corrupt all your preaching yet nobody knows."

We think we're so holy, so close to our God, but we've not walked one mile on the road where he trod. We say we are Christian, that Jesus we'd hear,

but if he came to our church, he'd be out on his ear! The power of the holy is finally broken, "the power of godliness" is merely a token.

So man faints with fear at the coming unknown. He'll reap the wild whirlwind for the sins that he's sown.

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A haven in the wilderness I will give you in its time A place of peace, serenity, and justice most sublime

A haven where the springs flow and winds stir in your midst where my Spirit always speaks to guests who come visit

There's new hope in the air in the marrow of your bone; there's prophecy fulfilling the words that you've been shone

No longer do we say the time is very near; now we say in earnest, the time is truly here.

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My Kingdom is not of this world and my soldiers fight not in its war for politics is the art of deception,

of bribery, shame and the whore My Kingdom is not of this world for the world follows none of my laws

and is always consumed with its mammon while it shamelessly worships its gods My Kingdom is not of this world

or I myself would have fought but I have left an example and by my life I have taught

that you are to love one another forsaking ambition and pride and you are to lay down your lives

while deep inside you, you hide the seed that I planted in chaos, in the darkest recess of time,

of a glory beyond all your reason and the poet's enchanting rhyme Yes the Kingdom of God is within you

awaiting your sovereign rule while the world about you is shadow, the shifting sand of the fool.

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Precision like an engine that the master mechanic makes Invention like the clock of which the universe partakes

Tension like the string that acoustic music shakes Perfection like the children that the perfect father shap

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As lovely as a babe in arms, you are radiant as the virgin bride, you are Patient since the dawn of time, so far Molding us to your will ... you are You're holy; that's who you are You're wholly, wholly set apart

As lovely as a babe in arms, you are created that glow within her, her very heart Patient since the dawn of time, so far you created the law with mercy, that's who you are

You're holy; that's who you are You're wholly, wholly set apart but I can't approach you with sin deep in my heart and I can't deny you, oh tell me where to start

When I hear the wind blow through the trees I know you are When I hear the birds sweetly sing I know you are

You're holy; that's who you are You're wholly, wholly set apart but I can't approach you with sin deep in my heart and I can't deny you, oh tell me where to start

Start with me ... my name is Jesus Start with me ... I am your God Start with me ... my name is Jesus Start with me ... I am your God Start with Me

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Your word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against you. Though old it was late I did start; your word I have hid in my heart. And though the enemy tries always to thwart, in his mazes of ways all untrue, your word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.

(From Psalm 119:11)

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Suddenly that day arrives, appointed in time the prophecy fulfilled of the seer's last sign that rights all the wrongs of failing mankind

and moves that tall mountain we all tried to climb That day will soon come though the road has been long, the yoke has been heavy, the burden so strong

The night is near over, the dark almost gone; the singers have sung, but there's one final song That day we'll awaken from death's final sting

no longer bruised, battered, or bleeding no longer scattered, scurrying, or greeding no longer veiled, but truly beholding

For on that day we'll see as we're seen we'll be what I Am always has been, Immortal, eternal, like the only wise God

and holding His scepter, the cast iron rod Then we'll be fit to rule in His place beholding the mercy that dwells in his face,

firstfruits forever of a glorified race now made in His image, the image of grace.

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