1 I bless Thee, Father, for the grace
Thou me this day hast given,
Strengthening my soul to seek Thy face
And list the theme of Heaven.
I bless Thee that each workday care
Thy love has lulled to rest,
And every thought whose wing is prayer
Thine answering word hath blessed.
2 O ’tis as some reviving dew
Were o’er each sorrow stealing,
Folding in Heaven’s azure hue
Each dark and weary feeling.
Come, then if, God, ’tis Thy decree,
My workday thoughts feel care,
The day of rest is still for me
Thy presence then to share.
Grace Aguilar was a prolific Jewish writer of history, poetry, and fiction. She was the daughter of Sephardic Jews from Portugal who moved to London to escape the Inquisition. She was born June 2, 1816 in London. In early childhood she contracted an illness that left her frail and vulnerable to a number of illnesses throughout her life. Her mother taught her religion and her father read and instructed her in Jewish history. She also was interested in science and nature. She started writing stories and poetry as a child and continued writing throughout her life. Since the Jewish scriptures had not been translated into English, she would go to Protestant churches to hear the sermon and scriptures in English. Because of illness, she went to F… Go to person page >