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Man of the world! wilt thou not pause,
And give thy heart to heaven’s cause?
In paths of interest wilt thou plod,
Forgetful of the Lord thy God?
Oh! turn away from life’s parade,
Before thy soul hath been betrayed,
From virtue’s eminence to stoop,
And forfeit its eternal hope.
What purer pleasures wouldst thou taste,
Than are by piety embraced?
What higher prize couldst thou obtain,
Than thy Creator’s love to gain?
The wealth and glory of the skies,
Are won by generous sacrifice;
By him who selfish joy foregoes,
To mitigate another’s woes;
Whose resignation calm and meek,
Will humbly of God’s chastening speak;
Whose soul from perjury is free,
And worships but one deity.
Man of the world! no gift of thine,
Compares with mercy’s pledge divine,
Which, pardon to each sinner yields,
Whose spirit true contrition feels.
“Man of the world! wilt thou not pause,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Piety” as Hymn 26 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 29-30. –Aharon Varady
“Man of the World! Wilt Thou Not Pause, a hymn on “Piety” 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.
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Though Sorrows May be Multiplied, a hymn on “Obedience to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Oh! How Shall Man With God Contend (Job 9), a hymn on “Obedience to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Rebuke Me Not Nor Chasten Me (Psalms 38), a hymn on “Confidence in God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
God of My Fathers! Merciful and Just, a hymn on the Immortality of the Soul by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
O Uncreated Holy One! – a hymn on Praise and Thanksgiving by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)