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With Rapture I Behold the Light, a hymn for Shabbat by Gershon Lazarus (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39694 With Rapture I Behold the Light, a hymn for Shabbat by Gershon Lazarus (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842) 2021-10-15 14:15:12 "With Rapture I Behold the Light," by Gershon Lazarus (1809-1869), published in 1842, appears under the subject "Sabbath" as Hymn 58 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. 60. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) Gershon Lazarus https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Kabbalat Shabbat 19th century C.E. 57th century A.M. Opening Prayers English vernacular prayer South Carolina hymns paraliturgical mah tovu
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With rapture I behold the light
Of thy returning day;
Direct, O God, my steps aright,
Nor let me from thee stray.
On thee alone, my hopes rely,
Thy name be ever blessed;
Here, in this soul, thy unity
Stands sacredly confess’d.
O, banish hence, far from my mind,
All evil thoughts away;
And grant my soul may favor find,
On this, thy holy day.
And at the altar as I bend,
To supplicate thy care;
In mercy, Lord! thy blessing send,
Upon my humble prayer.

“With Rapture I Behold the Light,” by Gershon Lazarus (1809-1869), published in 1842, appears under the subject “Sabbath” as Hymn 58 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 60. The title and wording of the first stanza were changed by the time the hymn was republished in the Union Hymnal for Jewish Worship (CCAR 1914). The wording provided here is as published in 1842. –Aharon Varady

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