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We Bless Thee, Oh Lord! As the Bountiful Source – a hymn on “Praise and Thanksgiving” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40169 We Bless Thee, Oh Lord! As the Bountiful Source – a hymn on "Praise and Thanksgiving" by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-28 19:23:02 "We bless thee, oh Lord! as the bountiful source" by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject "Praise and Thanksgiving" as Hymn 45 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), pp. 48-49. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) Penina Moïse 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 South Carolina hymns AABB rhyming scheme
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We bless thee, oh Lord! as the bountiful Source
Of gifts which the seasons renew in their course;
For the showers of Spring, whose verdure and bloom
Are redeemed by thy hand from a wintry tomb.
In Summer departed, the Lord, our shield,
To man all the glory of nature revealed;
The light of whose spirit past over the earth,
Undimmed by the shadows of sickness or dearth.
Thy mercy, oh God! let the living extol,
When the leaves of the Autumn around them fall,
Who still with the fruits of abundance are crown’d,
While death for his sickle no harvest hath found.
Thou wilt not forsake in the Winter of age,
The righteous who praised thee in life’s early stage;
The sacrifice then of thanksgiving ne’er cease,
All ye who are blessed with health, freedom, and peace.
A few may yet weep in the fullness of love,
For those whom thy wisdom thought fit to remove.
Grieve not when a child in its purity dies,
From dust as a cherub it soon shall arise.
Nor long mourn for those, who maturer in years,
Before us have passed from the valley of tears;
Though dead to this world, in a brighter abode,
They dwell with their Father, their Friend, and their God.

“We bless thee, oh Lord! as the bountiful source” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Praise and Thanksgiving” as Hymn 45 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 48-49. –Aharon Varady

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