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 #276

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #293

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #337

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #337

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #337

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #337

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #337

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #337

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXVI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #LXVI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCXLIV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #336

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #590

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #590

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #381

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #381

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #381

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #197

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #205

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #205

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #197

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H107

Chapel Hymns #d653

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d1063

Grammar School Hymn Book #d299

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d811

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #647

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #655

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #433

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d490

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Hymns for Christian Melody #461

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #636

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #636

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d239

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #464

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #430

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #430

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of the Unitarian Church in Washington #d174

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #430

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #430

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #430

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H360

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d482

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Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #377

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #84

Songs for the School Room #d158

Spiritual Melodies #d362

Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d427

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #282

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #636

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The Book of Worship #229

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d417

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d410

The Chorister, and School Harmonist, 1st ed. #d141

The Christian Psalter #d647

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #553

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The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #274

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The Harp #513

The Millennial Harp #d532

The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d308

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #76

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #751

The Saints' Harp #d1046

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The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #206

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #283

The Vestry Hymn Book #d547

Village Hymns #d648

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #203

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