“How I long for the months gone by,(A)
    for the days when God watched over me,(B)
when his lamp shone on my head
    and by his light I walked through darkness!(C)
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime,
    when God’s intimate friendship(D) blessed my house,(E)
when the Almighty was still with me
    and my children(F) were around me,(G)
when my path was drenched with cream(H)
    and the rock(I) poured out for me streams of olive oil.(J)

“When I went to the gate(K) of the city
    and took my seat in the public square,
the young men saw me and stepped aside(L)
    and the old men rose to their feet;(M)
the chief men refrained from speaking(N)
    and covered their mouths with their hands;(O)
10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,(P)
    and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.(Q)
11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me,
    and those who saw me commended me,(R)
12 because I rescued the poor(S) who cried for help,
    and the fatherless(T) who had none to assist them.(U)
13 The one who was dying blessed me;(V)
    I made the widow’s(W) heart sing.
14 I put on righteousness(X) as my clothing;
    justice was my robe and my turban.(Y)
15 I was eyes(Z) to the blind
    and feet to the lame.(AA)
16 I was a father to the needy;(AB)
    I took up the case(AC) of the stranger.(AD)
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked
    and snatched the victims(AE) from their teeth.(AF)

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