Anathema

For what reason have we been made wanting?
Had Heaven not, man shall cease his suff’ring.
From pangs of desire and lustful thinking,
Man shall finally end his carnal longing.

Yet what are we if bad greed had not come?
Have we not built with greed all we have done?
All the works of our hands, that is the sum,
Of what two-faced greed to mankind has done!

All of these are the fruits of man’s desire:
Pestilence, famine, bloodshed, tears and ire!
And sin! For which we shall suffer by fire!
From where shall come yearned-for peace so dire?

But who am I to question Heav’n above?
I who know nothing, can I ever prove,
More so conjure the truth, or even move,
The way curious Heaven reveals Her love?

But if only, if only Heaven would,
(And I’m very sure She would, for She could),
Had fashioned man the way he was should,
Oh such peace! Not a drop of precious blood!

For what reason then are we made wanting?
Had Heaven not, man shall cease all suff’ring.
From pangs of desire and lustful thinking,
Man shall finally end his bootless longing.

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