Vanity of vanities; all is vanity
Language: English 
Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: 
  but the earth abideth for ever.
I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom 
  concerning all things that are done under heaven:
  this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man
  to be exercised therewith.

I made me great works; I builded [me houses]1 ;
  I planted me vineyards:
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees
  in them of all kind of fruits:
I made me pools of water
I gathered me also silver and gold,
  and the peculiar treasure of kings 
And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them

So I returned, and considered all the oppressions 
  that are done under the sun: and behold the tears 
  of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter;
  and on the side of their oppressors there was power;
  but they had no comforter.

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)

Source: Ecclesiastes 1 (2-4,12-13), Ecclesiastes 2 (4-6,8,10), Ecclesiastes 4:1.

1 Bacon: "vast temples"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

This text was added to the website: 2020-11-21
Line count: 22
Word count: 182