¶ After this opened Iob his mouth, and cursed his day, and said: lost be the day, wherein I was born: and the night, in the which it was said: there is a man child conceived. The same day be turned to darkness, and not regarded of God from above, neither be shined upon with light: but be covered with darkness, and the shadow of death; let the dim cloud fall upon it, and let it be lapped in with sorrow. Let the dark storm overcome that night, let it not be reckoned among the days of the year, nor counted in the months. Despised be that night, and discommended: let them that curse the day, even those that be ready to raise up mourning give it also their curse. Let the stars be dim thorow darkness of it. Let it look for light, but let it see none, neither the raising up of the fair morning: because it shut not up the womb that bare me, nor hide these sorrows from mine eyes.
¶ Alas, why died I not in the birth? Why did not I perish, as soon as I came out of my mother's womb? Why set they me upon their knees? Why gave they me suck with their breasts? Then should I now have layen still, I should have slept, and been at rest: like as the kings and lords of the earth, which build themselves special places: As the princes that have great substance of gold, and their houses full of silver. O that I utterly had no being, or were as a thing born out of time (that is put aside) ether as young children, which never saw the light. There must the wicked cease from their tyranny, there such as are overlaboured be at rest: there are those let out free, which have been in prison, so that they hear no more the voice of the oppressor: There are small and great: the bondman, and he that is free from his master.
¶ Wherefore is the light given to him that is in misery? and life unto them, that have heavy hearts? Which long for death, if it come not: and search for it more than for treasure which also would be exceedingly glad, and rejoice if they found their grave. That should be joy to the man whose way is hid, which God keepeth back from him. For my sighs come before I eat, and my roarings fall out like flowing water. For the thing that I feared, is come upon me: and the thing that I was afraid of, is happened unto me. Was I not happy? Had I not quietness? Was I not in rest? And now cometh such misery upon me.