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Rejoice in God, Our Mighty Rock – a hymn for Shavuot by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40597 Rejoice in God, Our Mighty Rock – a hymn for Shavuot by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856) 2021-11-08 16:01:56 "Rejoice in God, our mighty Rock," by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject "Pentecost" as Hymn 203 in <em><a href="/?p=40488">Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations</a></em> (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 200-201. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) Moritz Mayer https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Shavuot Aleinu 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer South Carolina hymns paraliturgical aleinu ABAB rhyming scheme
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Rejoice in God, our mighty Rock,
Whose promise, blissful and sublime,
Intrusted to his chosen flock,
Will be fulfilled in future time,
And Israel with glory crown’d,
Shall sanctify His holy Name;
His doctrines pure and truths profound
All earth will then with joy proclaim.
“Of nations be thou mine elect,
A priestly kingdom unto me;
Within thy midst the fane erect
Of light, and truth, and charity.
My spirit then will ever rest
On thee, the people of my heart;
My word, our covenant’s behest,
Will never from thy race depart!”
Thou hast, Father! faithfully
Kept that paternal covenant,
Protected ‘gainst calamity
And cruel scorn Thy chosen band.
Hast been with them, where’er they dwelt,
And hearkened, when from bitter grief
Before Thine altar down they knelt,
To supplicate Thee for relief.
Again we now before Thee stand,
O God of old! with festal glee;
Free children of a glorious land
The covenant renew with Thee.
For tho’ deep error’s heavy guilt
Rests yet upon our heart and soul,
Thy word’s inheritance Thou wilt
That we should guard to life’s last goal.
And when religion’s victory
Will all the earth have sanctified,
The heav’nly rule of charity
The hearts of mankind purified:—
Then will all o’er the world resound
Again that holy, awful word,
Proclaimed to us on Sinai’s mount:
l am th’ Eternal God, thy Lord!
And into ONE great brotherhood
Thar call the human race will turn;
To know Thee to be just and good,
And love each other they will learn
The patient lamb and quiet sheep,
With wolves and lions strong will play;
And heav’nly peace, serene and deep,
Will shed on earth its blissful ray.
And all will worship Thee alone,
Our sole Redeemer, God, and Lord!
Contention will no more be known
On earth, enlightened by Thy word.
All men, inspired by truth and love,
With one accord will then exclaim:
“The Lord is ONE in heav’n above,
And ONE on earth His glorious Name!”

“Rejoice in God, our mighty Rock,” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “Pentecost” as Hymn 203 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 200-201. –Aharon Varady

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