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Israel! To Holy Numbers Tune Thy Harp, a hymn by Columbus Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina, 1842)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39672 Israel! To Holy Numbers Tune Thy Harp, a hymn by Columbus Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina, 1842) 2021-10-14 22:28:37 "Israel! to holy numbers tune thy harp's exalting strain," by Columbus Moïse (1809-1871), was first delivered in 1842 as part of the consecration of the new synagogue building for Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim and published that year in the congregation's hymnal. It appears as Hymn 3 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. 8. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Columbus Moïse Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Shaḥarit l'Shabbat ul'Yom Tov 19th century C.E. United States 56th century A.M. English vernacular prayer American Jewry of the United States American Reform Movement South Carolina hymns
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Israel! to holy numbers
Tune thy harp’s exalting strain;
From their long entranced slumbers,
Wake to life its soul again.
Give to song its ancient glories,
Let the pealing anthems rise,
Proudly to rehearse the stories—
Gem’d with glory from the skies.
Gently chaunt fair Miriam’s praise,
Faith sustained her heart sincere
‘Twas her first enraptured lays,
Sounding timbrels tuned to prayer.
Rejoicing went the welcome song,
As up to heaven it rose,
Sweet Spirits would the sound prolong—
Half wakening from repose.
Almighty God! before this shrine,
Man his Maker worships free!
O! bless it with thy love Divine,
Fill it with thy charity.
God is Eternal—and alone!
Humbly let us bend the knee,
While Seraphs guard his sacred throne,
Linking immortality.

“Israel! to holy numbers tune thy harp’s exalting strain,” by Columbus Moïse (1809-1871), was first delivered in 1842 as part of the consecration of the new synagogue building for Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim and published that year in the congregation’s hymnal. It appears as Hymn 3 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 8. Columbus Moïse was said to have composed a poem for the inauguration of the “Portuguese synagogue in Charleston” according to the Jewish Encyclopedia (1906) and this appears to be that poem. –Aharon Varady

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