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O God! To-day our joyful song of praise,
Which grateful love and piety attune,
Unto Thy glorious throne on high we raise,
While here with Thee devoutly we commune.
Thou scornest falsehood, hatest vengeful plans,
And penetratest all malignant hearts;
Thine all-pervading eye the spirit scans,
That from religion’s holy law departs.
Pure innocence, by guilt and crime oppressed,
Must often weep, by Thee unheeded long;
While these with fortune’s rev’ling joys are blessed,
Affliction, pain, and grief round that will throng.
But when, at last, the sinner’s cup o’erflows,
Thou wilt, God! Thy justice yet reveal,
The deep-laid schemes of crime it overthrows,
To punish guilt, and innocence to heal.
Sublime reward of bliss, thine all-just hand
Will on long-suffering piety bestow,
And virtue’s brilliant crown and golden band
Will then adorn her calm and cheerful brow.
“O God! To-day our joyful song of praise,” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “Feast of Esther” as Hymn 196 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 191-192. –Aharon Varady
“O God! Today Our Joyful Song of Praise – a hymn for Purim by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
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