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Oh King of Glory! when we contemplate,
Thy majesty and our mean estate;
Thy purity that by the angels seen,
Makes even their bright spirits seem unclean;
How wondrously benign dost thou appear,
O’er mortals to extend a father’s care!
Oh! were it not for mercy such as thine,
How could the conscious sinner seek thy shrine?
How hope for grace, when long arrears of sin,
Recorded stand upon the soul within?
But Thou, Lord! with clemency divine,
Wilt not the guilty to despair consign.
Who more than Judah can this truth attest?
To whom hath goodness been more manifest?
Though from the prophet’s harp he proudly turned,
And inspiration’s warning music spurned;
Through ages he to heaven’s promise clings,
And far from Zion, of salvation sings.
Beneath the pressure of a thousand ills,
One hope the heart of every Hebrew thrills;
That he may yet prove worthy of Thy love,
And by repentance, ling’ring wrath remove;
The frown of Justice, change to mercy’s smile,
Blest as an Israelite devoid of guile.
“Oh King of Glory! when we contemplate,” by Penina Moïse, was published in 1842, and appears under the subject of “Divine Mercy” as Hymn 15 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 19-20. –Aharon Varady
“Oh King of Glory When We Contemplate, a hymn on Divine Mercy 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:
O’er All This Wide and Beauteous Earth, a hymn on Divine Mercy by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
When Light Broke Forth at God’s Command (Genesis 9:13), a hymn on Divine Mercy by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
I Will Extol Thee My King! (Psalms 145), a hymn on Divine Mercy by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
The Sun Shines On With Glorious Light, a hymn on Divine Providence in Relation to Israel by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
When Morning Paints the Eastern Sky, a hymn on the Immortality of the Soul 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)