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When Light Broke Forth at God’s Command (Genesis 9:13), a hymn on Divine Mercy by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39888 When Light Broke Forth at God’s Command (Genesis 9:13), a hymn on Divine Mercy by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-20 13:03:34 "When light broke forth at God’s command (Genesis, Chap. IX. v. 13)" by Penina Moïse, was published in 1842, and appears under the subject of Divine Mercy as Hymn 14 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), p. 18. 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. Parashat Noaḥ Floods 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer South Carolina hymns AABB rhyming scheme divine mercy
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Genesis 9:13
When light broke forth at God’s command,
It brightened ocean, air and land;
‘Twas then that clouds, and shells, and flowers,
Caught vivid colors from its showers.
But soon the earth waxed bold in guilt,
Defiling shrines by virtue built;
Proud man pursued his evil course,
Unchecked by reason or remorse.
No ray of light creation cheered;
Skies black as mortal sin appeared;
Then burst the deluge o’er the doomed,
And wrath divine a world entombed.
Behold! upon the wings of light,
Tremble the rain-drops large and bright;
And, lo! the tears of recent storm,
Have taken Mercy’s radiant form.
The bow, the covenant, the token,
The promise never to be broken,
Expands in beauty o’er the sod,
Where Noaḥ rears a shrine to God.

“When light broke forth at God’s command (Genesis, Chap. IX. v. 13)” by Penina Moïse, was published in 1842, and appears under the subject of Divine Mercy as Hymn 14 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 18. –Aharon Varady

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