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Source of Mercy, truth and grace!
Humbly we this Sabbath-day,
In Thy holy dwelling-place,
Grateful adoration pay.
Ere these hours of rest depart,
Call to mind each past misdeed;
This will purify thy heart,
And extract corruption’s seed.
Self-exalted dost thou stand,
Whilst thy neighbor is decried?
Listen to the Lord’s command,
Love shall supersede thy pride.
Hast thou dared the poor to spurn,
Though with every virtue graced?
With confusion shalt thou learn,
These are far above thee placed.
Is the guilt of slander thine?
Thou wilt shudder at thy wrong,
When thou hearest wrath divine,
Hath denounced its serpent-tongue.
Let the hypocrite reflect,
That a spirit-searching God,
Will his evil ways detect,
And avenge with penal rod.
For this pure and noble end,
Was the sabbath set apart;
May the Lord of life extend,
Peace to each repentant heart!
“Source of Mercy, truth and grace!” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Sabbath” as Hymn 57 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 59-60. –Aharon Varady
“Source of Mercy, Truth and Grace! – a hymn for Shabbat by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
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Fear Not Fear Not Jeshurun (Isaiah 44), a hymn on Divine Providence in Relation to Israel by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Lift, Lift the Voice of Praise on High – a hymn on “Devotion” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Rebuke Me Not Nor Chasten Me (Psalms 38), a hymn on “Confidence in God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)
Return, Oh Lord! and Let Me Be (Job 29), a hymn on “Charity” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)