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Cordelia Moïse Cohen

Cordelia Moise Cohen (1810-1869) was born in Charleston, the younger daughter of Cherie (Cherry) Moïse and Esther Moses. She married Dr. Philip Melvin Cohen of Charleston in 1832 and with him had eleven children. In The Moise Family of South Caroline (1961) Harold Moïse writes that "she is remembered by her gift for poetry. She wrote a series of hymns for Congregation Beth Elohim which supplemented those of her aunt Penina Moïse. Cordelia, keen in wit and repartee, was the center of a brilliant circle of admirers. She suffered bitterly from poverty and anxiety during the Civil War, her physician husband in the service of the Confederacy, her family scattered. They were in Columbia when that city was burned by Sherman." She died in Charleston in 1869.

Arise! Let the Souls of the Hebrews Rejoice, a hymn for Ḥanukkah by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“Arise! let the souls of the Hebrews rejoice,” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), appears under the subject “Feast of Dedication” as Hymn 194 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), p. 189. . . .


He spoke and Thro’ the Gloom Profound, a hymn for Shabbat by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“He spoke and thro’ the gloom profound,” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Sabbath” as Hymn 56 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 58. . . .


Here At This Temple’s Holy Shrine, a hymn on Devotion by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 15 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“Here at this temple’s holy shrine,” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), published in 1842, appears under the subject “Devotion” as Hymn 21 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 25. . . .


I Lift Mine Eyes Unto the Hills (Psalms 121), a hymn to Hope in God by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“I lift mine eyes unto the hills (Psalms 121),” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Hope in God” as Hymn 30 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 33. . . .


I Will Extol Thee My King! (Psalms 145), a hymn on Divine Mercy by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“I will extol Thee, my King! (Psalms 145)” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Divine Mercy” as Hymn 12 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 17. . . .


O’er All This Wide and Beauteous Earth, a hymn on Divine Mercy by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“O’er all this wide and beauteous earth” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Divine Mercy” as Hymn 13 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 17-18. . . .


The Sun Shines On With Glorious Light, a hymn on Divine Providence in Relation to Israel by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“The sun shines on with glorious light,” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject of “Divine Providence in Relation to Israel” as Hymn 9 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 14. . . .


When Morning Paints the Eastern Sky, a hymn on the Immortality of the Soul by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 11 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Cordelia Moïse Cohen | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) |

“When morning paints the eastern sky,” by Cordelia Moïse Cohen (1809-1869), first published in 1842, appears under the subject “Immortality of the Soul” as Hymn 54 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 57. That page is missing in the one copy of the first edition we know to exist. Thankfully, the hymn appears under the same subject as Hymn 40 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), p. 44. . . .



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