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Into the Tomb of Ages Past, a hymn for Rosh haShanah by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40405 Into the Tomb of Ages Past, a hymn for Rosh haShanah by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-11-03 12:24:02 "Into the tomb of ages past," by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject "New Year (Roshe Hashannah)" as Hymn 59 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. 61-62. 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/ Rosh haShanah (l’Maaseh Bereshit) 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer South Carolina hymns AABBCC rhyming scheme
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Into the tomb of ages past,
Another year hath now been cast;
Shall time unheeded take his flight,
Nor leave one ray of moral light,
That on man’s pilgrimage may shine,
And lead his soul to spheres divine?
Ah! which of us if self-reviewed,
Can boast unfailing rectitude?
Who can declare his wayward will,
More prone to righteous deeds than ill;
Or in his retrospect of life,
No traces find of passion’s strife?
A “still small voice,”[1] Cf. 1 Kings 19:12.  as time departs,
Bids us inspect our secret hearts;
Whose hidden depths too oft contain,
Some spot, which suffered to remain,
Will (slight at first) by sad neglect,
The hue of vice at last reflect .
With firm resolve your bosoms nerve,
The God of truth alone to serve;
Speech, thought and act, to regulate,
By what His perfect laws dictate;
Nor from His sanctuary stray,
By worldly idols lured away.
Peace to the house of Israel!
May joy within it ever dwell!
May sorrow on the opening year,
Forgetting its accustomed tear,
With smiles again fond kindred meet,
With hopes revived the festal greet!

“Into the tomb of ages past,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “New Year (Roshe Hashannah)” as Hymn 59 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 61-62. –Aharon Varady

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1 Cf. 1 Kings 19:12.
 

 

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