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How Long Will Man In Pleasure Merged, a hymn on “Piety” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40005 How Long Will Man In Pleasure Merged, a hymn on "Piety" by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-24 18:39:16 "How long will man in pleasure merged," by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject "Piety" as Hymn 25 in <em><a href="/?p=39305">Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina</a></em> (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 28-29. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) Penina Moïse https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Taḥanun 19th century C.E. זמן תשובה Zman teshuvah 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer תשובה teshuvah South Carolina hymns ABAB rhyming scheme exhortation
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How long will man in pleasure merged,
Religion’s claims neglect?
How long, by worldly interest urged,
Her warning hints reject?
Vain prodigal of precious time!
Were mental gifts bestowed
To waste in folly or in crime,
Oblivious of thy God ?
When surfeited with life’s repast,
Its sweetness turned to gall,
Thy conscience will be roused at last,
And death thy soul appal.
Will worshipers of gold then fly,
Thy dying couch to cheer?
Thy spirit’s cravings to supply,
Will Mirth desert her sphere ?
No! Piety forsaken long,
Invoked with earnest zeal,
Will even then forget her wrong,
And answer thy appeal.
But better, wiser far are all,
Whose youth devoutly past,
On heaven’s “great physician,” call
With confidence at last.

“How long will man in pleasure merged,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Piety” as Hymn 25 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 28-29. –Aharon Varady

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