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God of My Fathers! Merciful and Just, a hymn on the Immortality of the Soul by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39573 God of My Fathers! Merciful and Just, a hymn on the Immortality of the Soul by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-12 10:34:01 "God of my fathers! merciful and just," by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (ca.1800-1876), first published in 1842, appears under the subject "Immortality of the Soul" as Hymn 53 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), p. 55. That page is missing in the one copy of the first edition we know to exist. Thankfully, the hymn appears under the same subject as Hymn 39 in <em><a href="/?p=39305">Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations</a></em> (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), p. 43. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Caroline de Litchfield Harby Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Mourning 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer resurrection South Carolina hymns memento mori AABB rhyming scheme
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God of my fathers! merciful and just,
Who into being shaped this breathing dust,
Teach me its rebel passions to control,
Pour Thy influence o’er my restless soul.
Teach me to look beyond the gloomy grave;
For Thou, Father! still art nigh to save,
When rising from the dark and cheerless tomb,
I’ll walk with Thee in renovated bloom.
E’en at Thine altar as I bend the knee,
My heart expands, my hopes increase in Thee;
Aspiring man forgets that he is earth,
And clings to Thee for an immortal birth.

“God of my fathers! merciful and just,” by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (ca.1800-1876), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Immortality of the Soul” as Hymn 53 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 55. That page is missing in the one copy of the first edition we know to exist. Thankfully, the hymn appears under the same subject as Hymn 39 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), p. 43. –Aharon Varady

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