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Lord! what is man, that thou should’st take
Account or knowledge of his ways;
Like shadows from the summer-lake,
Briefly depart his measured days!
Yet though but vanity and dust,
Oh! hear Thy worshiper sincere;
Who now appeals with humble trust,
That Thou wilt grant his earnest prayer.
Through the world may Israel’s youth,
Like branches of some goodly tree,
Enlightened by the rays of truth,
Flourish in grace and dignity.
Dispersed in many climes and zones
May Judah’s sprightly daughters be
Polished, as are the corner-stones,
In palaces of royalty.
May these, above all earthly fame,
The favor of their God esteem;
And merit that distinguished name,
The chosen race of the Supreme.
“Lord! what is man, that thou should’st take (Psalm CXLIV),” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Religious Education of Israel’s Youth” as Hymn 19 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 23. –Aharon Varady
“Lord! What is Man That Thou Should’st Take (Psalms 144), a hymn on “Religious Education of Israel’s Youth” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
When Faith Too Young for a Sublimer Creed, a hymn by Penina Moïse for the consecration of her synagogue (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
I Will Extol Thee My King! (Psalms 145), a hymn on Divine Mercy by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Unless the Land Where Ye Abide (Psalms 127), a hymn on Divine Providence in Relation to Israel by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
While Man Explores With Curious Eye, a hymn on “Self-Knowledge” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Let the Lord Be Ever Praised! – a hymn on “Praise and Thanksgiving” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)