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Descend into thyself, my soul!
And ask religion’s aid
To search thy chambers, and control
The passions there arrayed.
E’en from the cradle to the grave,
God heareth frailty’s cry;
Nor can the voice of reason crave
What Mercy will deny.
Oh! ever prone is mortal man,
To self-deceit and sin;
And he who would reform his plan.
Must turn his eye within.
For often vice, with specious art,
Will virtue’s tone affect,
Deceive the sense, deprave the heart,
And riot there unchecked.
Then firmly watch and freely probe
The slightest moral wound,
And boldly rend deception’s robe
That hides what is unsound.
Long hast Thou taught Thy servant, Lord!
That trust and timely prayer
Will to the spirit strength afford.
Such discipline to bear.
The balm that heals the sinner’s hurt
Springs from a source divine;
Oh God! regard not my desert,
But let that balm be mine.
“Descend into thyself, my soul!” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Self-Examination” as Hymn 22 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 26-27. –Aharon Varady
“Descend Into Thyself, My Soul! – a hymn on “Self-Examination” 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:
While Man Explores With Curious Eye, a hymn on “Self-Knowledge” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
I Lift Mine Eyes Unto the Hills (Psalms 121), a hymn to Hope in God by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Though Sorrows May be Multiplied, a hymn on “Obedience to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Oh! Thou in Whom the Power Dwells, a hymn on “Submission to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Blest is the Bond of Wedded Love, a hymn on “Matrimonial Love” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)