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Strike the Cymbal, a hymn by Columbus Moïse (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826) Strike the Cymbal, a hymn by Columbus Moïse (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826) 2021-10-14 03:50:52 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) Columbus Moïse Reformed Society of Israelites Aharon N. Varady (transcription) 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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Strike the Cymbal; roll the Tymbral;
Let the trump of sound!
(All) Powerful singing, headlong bringing
Proud Goliath to the ground.
From the river rejecting quiver,
Judah’s hero takes the stone;
(All) Spread your banner, shout hosannas!
Battle is the Lord’s alone.
See, advances, with songs and dances,
All the band of Israel’s daughters,
(All) Catch the sound, ye hills, ye waters!
Spread your banners, shout hosannas,
Battle is the Lord’s alone.
God of thunder! rend asunder
All the power Philistia boasts,
(All) What are nations? What their stations?
Israel’s God is lord of hosts.
(Males alone slow.)
What are haughty monarch’s now?
Lord, before YHVH, bow
(All) Pride of princes, strength of kings,
To the dust YHVH brings,
Praise him! Praise him
Exulting nations, praise;
Praise him! Praise him!
Exulting Nations, Praise!
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!

The hymn “Strike the Cymbal” was written by C.J.M. (possibly either Columbus or Cherie “Cherry” Moïse. We consider the former more likely as he was known to have composed a poem for the inauguration of the “Portuguese synagogue in Charleston.” —Jewish Encyclopedia (1906).) The copy transcribed here was recorded in one of the handwritten manuscripts used by the Reformed Society of Israelites as a supplement for their prayer service. A facsimile edition of the manuscript was published asThe Isaac Harby Prayerbook by Edward Cohn for Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim in 1974, and is also referred to as the Cohn lithograph. I have replaced the vocalization of the Tetragrammaton with ‘YHVH.’ –Aharon Varady


Strike the Cymbal (C.J.M. – Cohn Lithograph 1826)


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