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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 by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
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O God! Today Our Joyful Song of Praise – a hymn for Purim by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)
Fear Not Fear Not Jeshurun (Isaiah 44), a hymn on Divine Providence in Relation to Israel by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Lord! What is Man That Thou Should’st Take (Psalms 144), a hymn on “Religious Education of Israel’s Youth” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Lift, Lift the Voice of Praise on High – a hymn on “Devotion” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Oh! How Shall Man With God Contend (Job 9), a hymn on “Obedience to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Praise Ye the Lord! For it is Good (Psalms 150), a hymn on “Praise and Thanksgiving” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
O! Thou Possest of Health and Bloom, a hymn on “Immortality of the Soul” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)