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Oh! Turn At Meek Devotion’s Call, a hymn on “Piety” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)


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Oh! turn at meek devotion’s call
From idle dreams of worldly power;
Which flourishes awhile, to fall
And perish, like an earth-born flower.
Countless are pleasure’s bright decoys,
Unwary mortals to ensnare;
Faith beckons thee from barren joys,
And points to her immortal sphere.
Wouldst thou thy soul to God commend?
Forsake the scene of heartless mirth;
Seek those who weep without a friend,
Bring wine and oil to suffering worth.
Let piety direct thy choice,
In all thy spirit’s high concerns;
Then shall the pilgrim’s heart rejoice,
Who in the “vale of tears” sojourns.

“Oh! turn at meek devotion’s call,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Piety” as Hymn 24 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 28. –Aharon Varady






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