Wherefore should man, frail child of clay

Wherefore should man, frail child of clay

Author: William Enfield
Published in 95 hymnals

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1 Wherefore should man, frail child of clay,
Who, from the cradle to the shroud,
Lives but the insect of a day,--
Oh why should mortal man be proud?

2 His brightest visions just appear,
Then vanish, and no ore are found:
The stateliest pile his pride can rear,
A breath may level with the ground.

3 By doubts perplexed, in error lost,
With trembling step he seeks his way:
How vain of wisdom's gift the boast!
Of reason's lamp how faint the ray!

4 Follies and crimes, a countless sum,
Are crowded in life's little span:
How ill, alas! does pride become
That erring, guilty creature, man!

5 God of my life! Father divine!
Give me a meek and lowly mind:
In modest worth oh let me shine,
And peace in humble virtue find.

Source: The Book of Worship #229

Author: William Enfield

Enfield, William , LL.D., born at Sudbury, Suffolk, March 29, 1741, of poor parents. Through the assistance of Mr. Hextall, the local Dissenting Minister, at 17 he entered the Daventry Academy under Dr. Ashworth. His first pastorate was of the congregation at Benn's Garden, Liverpool, to which he ministered from 1763 to 1770. In conjunction with Rev. J. Brekell of Key St. chapel, he edited A New Collection of Psalms proper for Christian Worship, in three parts. I. Psalms of David, &c. II. Psalms of Praise to God. III. Psalms on various Subjects. Liverpool. Printed in the year 1764. Known as the Liverpool Old Collection; Later eds., 1767, 1770, 1787. In this last, 60 more hymns are added to the 3rd part. From 1770 to 1785 Enfield was at… Go to person page >

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #276TextPage Scan
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #337Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #337Page Scan
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #337Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #337Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #337Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXVIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #LXVIPage Scan
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #590Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #590Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #381Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #381Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #381Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #197Page Scan
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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #197Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H107Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #381Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #381Page Scan
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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #470Page Scan
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Grammar School Hymn Book #d299
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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #647Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #655Page Scan
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Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d490
Hymns for Christian Melody #461Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #636Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #636Page Scan
Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d239
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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #393Page Scan
Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #377Page Scan
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d541
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Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d539
Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d334
Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #331Page Scan
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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #282Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #636Page Scan
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The Chapel Hymn Book [for Warren and Pitt St. Chapels, Boston]. 4th ed. #d417
The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d410
The Chorister, and School Harmonist, 1st ed. #d141
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #364Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d647
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The Harp #513Page Scan
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The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d308
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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies: compiled from approved authors, with variations and additions (9th ed.) #375Page Scan
The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies: compiled from approved authors, with variations and additions. Second Ed. #375Page Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #381Page Scan
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The Saints' Harp #d1046
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Village Hymns #d648
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