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Old Bethel. L.M.

A G major plain tune in 6/8 time. Composed 2011.

Text from Anne Bradstreet upon the burning of her house, 1666.

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In silence ever shalt thou lie,

Adieu, Adieu, all’s vanity.

Far be it that I should repine;

It was his own, it was not mine.

 

He might of all justly bereft

But yet sufficient for us left.

Thou hast a house on high erect

Frameed by that mighty Architect,

 

There‘s wealth enough, I need no more,

Farewell, my pelf, farewell, my store.

The world no longer let me love,

My hope and treasure lies above.