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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)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40014 Though Sorrows May be Multiplied, a hymn on "Obedience to the Will of God" by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-25 07:50:01 "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 <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. 30-31. 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 תוכחות tokheḥot ABAB rhyming scheme exhortation
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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

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