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How Beautiful It Is To See, a hymn on “Brotherly Love” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)


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How beautiful it is to see,
Brethren unite harmoniously!
Of kindred sympathies possest,
By the same joys and woes imprest.
But ah! how very slight a cause,
Will counteract kind nature’s laws;
And to that dread estrangement lead,
Against which God and Angels plead!
An unkind word, pronounced in haste,
Hath years of tenderness effaced;
Checked confidence, whose genial flow,
Is sweeter than aught else below.
In jealousy a poison lurks,
That oft affection’s ruin works;
This first implants suspicion’s seeds,
Arid to fraternal contest leads.
Ye brothers, who would cherish strife,
Oh, think of those who gave you life!
By whom ye were together blest,
Watched, prayed for, counseled and carest;
What deep reproach to these it bears,
What grief entails on their gray hairs,
When discord on their household band,
Hath laid a cold and with’ring hand!
Lord of the universe! we pray,
Thou wilt this evil put away;
And grant that Israel may be found,
In faith by concord ever crowned.

“How beautiful it is to see,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Brotherly Love” as Hymn 41 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 44-45. –Aharon Varady






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