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Lift, Lift the Voice of Praise on High – a hymn on “Devotion” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39987 Lift, Lift the Voice of Praise on High – a hymn on "Devotion" by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-22 14:08:14 "Lift, lift the voice of praise on high," by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject "Devotion" as Hymn 20 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. 24-25. 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/ Baqashot 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. Synagogues Opening Prayers English vernacular prayer South Carolina hymns ABAB rhyming scheme
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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

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