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On the Loss of a Beloved One, a prayer in the morning by Annie Josephine Levi (1900)

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 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers Grief English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English
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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.[1] 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.
Light-and shadow,
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.
Amen.

“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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1From James Russell Lowell’s “Memoriae Positum” (1863), dedicated to Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863).

 

 

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