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Though sorrows may be multiplied,
And cares around thee throng,
In Israel’s Guardian still confide,
And lift thy voice in song.
Wilt thou on gold or glory dote,
Or covet pomp and power?
Bubbles that on life’s current float,
To break in one brief hour?
Though health and competence be thine,
And peace thy portion crown;
Will thine ungrateful spirit pine,
To reach at high renown?
As well might stars rebellious turn
From their allotted spheres;
Ambitious of the solar urn,
More bright and vast than theirs.
Oh! not to question but obey
The great Creator’s word,
Was intellect’s transcendent ray
On human dust conferred.
Praise is the noble privilege,
On man alone bestowed;
Redeem, immortal soul, thy pledge,
Extol the living God.
“Though sorrows may be multiplied,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Obedience to the Will of God” as Hymn 27 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 30-31. –Aharon Varady
“Though Sorrows May be Multiplied, a hymn on “Obedience to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
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)
Remember Man While Thou Art Young, a hymn on “Religion in Early Life” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
I Wept When From My Eager Grasp, a hymn on “Submission to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)