that the mirth of the wicked1 is brief, the joy of the godless2 lasts but a moment.3
Though his pride4 reaches to the heavens5 and his head touches the clouds,6
he will perish forever,7 like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'8
Like a dream9 he flies away,10 no more to be found, banished11 like a vision of the night.12
The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.13
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