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Lift, lift the voice of praise on high,
The Lord of life to glorify!
Thy spirit bow in humble prayer,
Remember mortal, God is here!
Within the sanctuary’s walls,
To dust all proud pretension falls;
The curtain of the soul is drawn,
And worldly vanities are gone.
Art thou in power’s highest place?
Oh! turn towards the throne of grace;
How will thy fancied grandeur fleet,
Before thy Maker’s mercy-seat!
Dost thou of temp’ral treasures boast?
Faith slumbers not upon her post;
But asks thee, with impressive tone,
How thou repayest heaven’s loan.
If want, by thee unaided, weeps,
Nor gleanings from thy harvest reaps,
Then art thou poor with all thy gold,
For virtue casts thee from her fold.
Oh! may our thoughts, eternal God!
Be suitable to Thy abode;
These disengage from sordid schemes,
And wean from all ambition’s dreams.
Let holiness alone pervade,
The soul by Thee immortal made;
And grant that, till its final flight,
Thy praise may prove its chief delight.
“Lift, lift the voice of praise on high,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Devotion” as Hymn 20 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 24-25. –Aharon Varady
“Lift, Lift the Voice of Praise on High – a hymn on “Devotion” 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:
Here At This Temple’s Holy Shrine, a hymn on Devotion by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (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)
Almighty God Whose Will Alone (Genesis 16:13), a hymn on Omniscience by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Remember Man While Thou Art Young, a hymn on “Religion in Early Life” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Praise Ye the Lord! For it is Good (Psalms 150), a hymn on “Praise and Thanksgiving” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)