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My Heart is Bared to Thee, Oh Lord – a hymn for Yom Kippur by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40414 My Heart is Bared to Thee, Oh Lord – a hymn for Yom Kippur by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-11-03 13:42:41 "My heart is bared to thee, oh Lord," by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject "Day of Atonement (Yome Hakipureem)" as Hymn 61 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. 63-64. 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/ Yom Kippur Repenting, Resetting, and Forgiveness 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer South Carolina hymns ABAB rhyming scheme
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My heart is bared to thee, oh Lord,
Rebellions oft against thy laws;
My frailties Justice must record,
But oh! let Mercy plead my cause.
That angel finds a saving-grace,
Where sterner truth but guilt descries;
Her shrine is still a sheltering place,
To which the trembling sinner flies.
To other Gods I’ve gone astray,
Idols of man’s own fabrication;
Riches and fame that flee away,
And leave the soul in desolation.
I’ve dwelt with unrelenting stress,
Upon my neighbour’s lightest sin;
And looked with partial tenderness,
Upon the deeper taint within.
Proud, covetous, vindictive, vain,
Thy contrite servant oft hath been;
Yet from thy chast’ning rod refrain,
Oh God! and let me pardon win.
Thus have I rent the flimsy veil,
That hid my heart’s deformity;
Not yet beyond salvation’s pale,
If mercy will but plead for me.

“My heart is bared to thee, oh Lord,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Day of Atonement (Yome Hakipureem)” as Hymn 61 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 63-64. –Aharon Varady

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