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Light of Truth (a/k/a Glad Tidings), a hymn by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39603 Light of Truth (a/k/a Glad Tidings), a hymn by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826) 2021-10-14 03:21:46 A hymn provided for opening or concluding the morning Sabbath service of the Reformed Society of Israelites (Charleston, S.C.) ca. 1826. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) David Nunes Carvalho Reformed Society of Israelites https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Shaḥarit l'Shabbat ul'Yom Tov 56th century A.M. English vernacular prayer American Jewry of the United States American Reform Movement South Carolina hymns 19th century C.E. United States
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O’er the earth from Heaven extending
See the light of Truth descending
   Sent by the Eternal hand!
Prayers of Peace have reach’d his dwelling
See the clouds are fast dispelling.
   Man is blest by his command.
Bigot breath too long has mock’d him.
Impious tongues no more shall scoff him.
   But in joyful strains of love,
Every heart in fear and trembling
Every thought and voice commingling,
   Shall ascend his throne above.

This hymn was first written by David Nunes Carvalho for the second anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Reformed Society of Israelites (ca. 1825-26). The text of the hymn appears under the title of “Light of Truth” in the Cohn lithograph (The Isaac Harby Prayerbook, Edward Cohn, Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1974) and under the title “Glad Tidings” in the Carvalho Holograph. Many thanks to the American Jewish Archives for providing access to the manuscript. –Aharon Varady

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Light of Truth (David Nunes Carvalho – Cohn Lithograph 1826)

Glad Tidings (David Nunes Carvalho – Carvalho Holograph 1826)

 

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