Sunday, 22 April 2018

God of the World (A Sabbath Hymn) - Israel ben Moses Najara

God of the World, eternity’s sole Lord!
King over kings, be now thy Name adored!
Blessed are we to whom thou dost accord
  This gladsome time thy wondrous ways to scan!

God of the World, eternity’s sole Lord!
Early and late to thee our praises ring,
Giver of life to every living thing!
Beasts of the field, and birds that heavenward wing,
  Angelic hosts and all sons of man!

God of the World, eternity’s sole Lord!
Though we on earth a thousand years should dwell,
Too brief the space, thy marvels forth to tell.
Pride thou didst lower, all the weak who fell
  Thy hand raised up e’er since the world began!

God of the World, eternity’s sole Lord!
Thine is the power, thine the glory be!
When lions rage, O deign thy flock to free!
Thine exiled sons O take once more to thee,
  Choose them again as in thine ancient plan!

God of the World, eternity’s sole Lord!
Turn to thy city, Zion’s sacred shrine!
On yon fair mount again let beauty shine!
There, happy throngs their voices shall combine,
  There, present joy all former ill shall ban!

God of the World, eternity’s sole Lord!
King over kings, be now thy Name adored!

Israel ben Moses Najara (1555 - 1625) Syria
Translated by Israel Abrahams
Source: The Standard Book of Jewish Verse compiled by Joseph Friedlander, New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1917

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