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The Glory of God, a hymn by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39617 The Glory of God, a hymn by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826) 2021-10-14 04:05:10 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 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 ABAB rhyming scheme
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Thou centre of revolving light
who can thy bounds perceive
or count thy glories by the sight
infinity conceive
How great in power did thy hand
with truth and order place
Those mighty systems, countless! grand!
To fill the radiant space.
As doth thy works thy glory show
So dost thou condescend
To bless thy creatures here below
And every good extend
Then let my thoughts in awful gaze
Wing its astonished way
Climb to the Throne where mercies blaze
To view eternal day
Then shall its pinion rest secure
Till my departing breath
Shall from thy mortal frame impure
Escape from silent death
My soul shall lead in aerial flight
My sacred transport driven
And soon that pure and holy height
To take its seat in heaven

“The Glory of God!” written by David Nunes Carvalho was recorded with a few short bars for the melody in the Carvalho Holograph, one of the handwritten manuscripts used by the Reformed Society of Israelites as a supplement for their prayer service. Many thanks to the American Jewish Archives for providing access to the manuscript. –Aharon Varady

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