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Refresh’d by sleep, that sov’reign balm,
Which best can human woes assuage;
My spirit feels a holy calm,
And pious thoughts my soul engage.
That soul which but the previous hour
Had in the world of dreams been lost;
And perch’d on many a thornless flower,
Which fields of fancy only boast,
Return’d from its wild pilgrimage;
Sings first unto the Lord of light—
A heav’nly bird in mortal cage,
Preparing for its final flight.
Hear it, thou, eternal God!
And grant the blessing it may crave;
Cherish it, while on earth’s abode,
Receive it, when beyond the grave.
Too often in this narrow vale,
Its note is saddened by distress;
But whether joy or grief prevail,
Thy name it shall for ever bless.
And when it struggles to be free,
What then is its exalted aim?
To reach that immortality,
Where angel-hosts thy praise proclaim.
“Refresh’d by sleep, that sov’reign balm” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Morning” as Hymn 48 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 51-52. –Aharon Varady
“Refreshed By Sleep, That Sovereign Balm – a hymn on “Morning” 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:
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)
Eternal Love is Thine, a hymn for Yom Kippur by Caroline de Litchfield Harby (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Oh! That on Morning’s Dewy Wings, a hymn on “Submission to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)