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Early and Late My God I Seek, a hymn on “Hope in God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)


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Early and late my God I seek,
Before Him stand and pray;
Yet find all human words too weak
His wonders to portray.
I love to see the morning light,
Break forth to gladden earth,
Like charity that takes delight,
In cheering humble worth.
And when the glorious star of eve,
Ascends the vault on high,
The first to reach, the last to leave
Its station in the sky;
I think of Hope, whose rays serene,
The dawn of life illume,
And still in its decline are seen,
Lingering above the tomb.
But brighter, purer, more divine,
Is truth than either orb;
Let this oh God! forever shine,
And all my soul absorb.

“Early and late my God I seek,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Hope in God” as Hymn 31 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 34-35. –Aharon Varady






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