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Almighty God! Thy special grace
In seasons of distress;
Hath ever, by the Hebrew race,
Been gratefully confest.
When lots were cast, with evil aim,
Thy people to destroy;
From thee the great decision came,
That turned their tears to joy.
Earth’s mightiest at thy decree,
E’en to the frailest yield;
And Susa’s shore, and Egypt’s sea,
Proclaim thee Israel’s shield.
The mourner at the palace-gate,
The maiden on the throne,
Were bat the instruments of fate,
To make God’s mercy known.
To thee alone the praise belongs,
Who with a father’s hand,
From Judah’s race averts the wrongs,
By adversaries planned.
Let proud, ungodly men elate,
With triumphs of an hour;
Remember heaven can frustrate,
Each dark device of pow’r.
Sov’reign of worlds! thou wilt extend
Thy sceptre to the just;
The rights of innocence defend,
And bring its foes to dust.
“Almighty God! Thy special grace,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Feast of Esther (Pureem)” as Hymn 67 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 70-71. –Aharon Varady
“Almighty God! Thy Special Grace – a hymn for Purim by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
O God! Today Our Joyful Song of Praise – a hymn for Purim by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)
The Sun Shines On With Glorious Light, a hymn on Divine Providence in Relation to Israel by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Eternal Love is Thine, a hymn for Yom Kippur by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Oh! That on Morning’s Dewy Wings, a hymn on “Submission to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Refreshed By Sleep, That Sovereign Balm – a hymn on “Morning” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)