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Священник Андрей Ковалёв


'The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.' (Pss. 94:11).

The classical scenario,
Worldwide dramatic play.
The 'vanity of vanities'
Ecclesiast would say.

Most valuable possessions
Are turned into degree
To measure the obsession
Of popularity.

The sacrifice of manners,
The sacrifice of time,
The sacrifice of souls -
Are brought into its shrine.

Some actors from its cast
Are playing parts of greed.
A lot of good intentions
Are trapped under its feet.

The leading role, of course,
performed by ancient pride,
The culminating point
Is when it wouldn't hide.

The end of play is famous:
Death in a final scene.
The 'vanity of vanities'
The devil's favorite sin.

'Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way. (Pss. 119:37).