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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Hymn of Glory
(Trans. Alice Lucas)
SWEET hymns and songs will I indite
To sing of Thee by day and night,
Of Thee, who art my soul’s delight.
How doth my soul within me yearn
Beneath Thy shadow to return,        5
Thy sacred mysteries to learn.
And even while yet Thy glory fires
My words, and hymns of praise inspires,
Thy love it is my heart desires.
Therefore will I of Thee relate        10
All glorious things, and celebrate
In songs of love Thy name most great.
Thy glory shall my discourse be,
In images I picture Thee,
Although Thyself I cannot see.        15
In mystic utterances alone
By prophet and by seer made known,
Hast Thy radiant glory shown.
Thy might and greatness they portrayed
According to the power displayed,        20
In all the works Thy hand has made.
In images of Thee they told
Of Thy great wonders wrought of old,
Thy essence could they not behold.
In signs and visions seen of yore        25
They pictured Thee in ancient lore,
But Thou art One for evermore.
They saw in Thee both youth and age,
The man of war, the hoary sage,
But ever Israel’s heritage.        30
O Thou whose word is truth alway,
Thy people seek Thy face this day,
O be Thou near them when they pray.
May these, my songs and musings, be
Acceptable, O Lord, to Thee        35
And do Thou hear them graciously.
O let my praises heavenward sped,
Be as a crown unto Thy head.
My prayer as incense offeréd!
O may my words of blessings rise        40
To Thee, who throned above the skies,
Art just and mighty, great and wise!
And when Thy glory I declare
Do Thou incline Thee to my prayer,
As though sweet spice my offering were.        45
My meditation day and night
May it be pleasant in Thy sight,
For Thou art all my soul’s delight.

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