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He spoke and thro’ the gloom profound
Effulgent light its glory shed;
He breathed and all the earth around
With living myriads soon was spread.
How vast, how holy was the love,
That blest us with these gifts divine,
While angels, in the choir above,
Sung praises round His heavenly shrine.
Nature in primal beauty glow’d,
Her incense, too, to heaven ascending;
On every side rich blessings flow’d,
His mercy with His goodness blending.
Still o’er these works of grandeur rose
A radiant beam — a heavenly ray —
The holy rest, the calm repose,
That sanctified the Sabbath-day.
In sacred song our voices swelling,
Let hallelujahs peal around,
While seraphs, near His starry dwelling,
Shall echo back the grateful sound.
“He spoke and thro’ the gloom profound,” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Sabbath” as Hymn 56 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 58. –Aharon Varady
“He spoke and Thro’ the Gloom Profound, a hymn for Shabbat by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (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:
I Will Extol Thee My King! (Psalms 145), a hymn on Divine Mercy 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)
While Man Explores With Curious Eye, a hymn on “Self-Knowledge” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Let the Lord Be Ever Praised! – a hymn on “Praise and Thanksgiving” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)