To be in charge is glorious,
though in some ways it’s onerous.
Sobriety is de rigueur
because when drunk you may pervert
the rights of those you rose to serve.
Be diligent, and do not swerve.
For those whose death is soon to come
strong drink has use to soothe and numb
the misery and sore distress
that makes what’s left of life a mess.
So give them wine and let them dream,
their path unto eternity.
Source: Proverbs 31:4-7
Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA
Tune: St. Petersburg, Public Domain
Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com Used by permission.