https://opensiddur.org/?p=50336 On the Loss of a Beloved One, a prayer in the morning by Annie Josephine Levi (1900) 2023-04-23 22:14:52 "On the loss of a beloved one (in the morning)" was written by Annie Josephine Levi and published in her anthology of teḥinot in English, <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50251">Meditations of the Heart</a></em> (1900), pp. 148-149. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Annie Josephine Levi https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Mourning Jewish Women's Prayers Grief English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M.
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On the loss of a beloved one
As thrills of long-hushed tone
Live in the viol, so our souls grow fine
With keen vibrations from the touch divine
Of noble natures gone. (James Russell Lowell. From James Russell Lowell’s “Memoriae Positum” (1863), dedicated to Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863). )
Another night of sadness hath passed,
and new hours of anguish await me.
The voice of my dear one is silent—
I am comfortless and alone.
I ask in my grief why I, too,
was not summoned into Thy presence
to share with my beloved one
the joys of eternal life.
My soul rebels,
I cannot feel resigned.
If Thou dost not come to me
and hold me by the hand
I am lost, forsaken.
O look down from Thy heights
and let me feel Thine Omnipresence
in this, my darkest hour;
whisper unto me words of solace
that I may not despair.
O that we might sleep forever, Father,
that the memory of our sorrow might vanish,
the heart-throbs pulsate but lightly,
to pass away into dreams of happiness
that is no more!
But Thou wilt not have it so;
our heart-strings must be tensely drawn
that our natures may become refined, exalted,
more fitting to appear at Thy foot-stool
when our Heavenly call is sounded.
Therefore, Thy will be done!
and let each day teach us
this seemingly severe
but serviceable lesson.
joy and sorrow,
life and death —
these are Thy watch-words,
and ours be the mission
to hearken unto them
in a spirit of humility,
as we pass along on our way
to the Kingdom of Heaven.
“On the loss of a beloved one (in the morning)” was written by Annie Josephine Levi and published in her anthology of teḥinot in English, Meditations of the Heart (1900), pp. 148-149.
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