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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Paraphrase of Adon Olam
By David Nunes Carvalho
BEFORE the glorious orbs of light,
  Had shed one blissful ray,
In awful power, the Lord of might
  Reign’d in eternal day.
At His creative, holy word        5
  The voice of nature spoke,
Unnumber’d worlds with one accord,
  To living joys awoke.
Then was proclaim’d the mighty King,
  In majesty on high!        10
Then did the holy creatures sing
  His praises through the sky.
All merciful in strength he reigns
  Immutable! supreme!
His hand the universe sustains,        15
  He only can redeem.
He is the mighty God alone!
  His presence fills the world;
He will forever reign the one,
  Eternal, only Lord!        20
Almighty, powerful and just!
  Thou art my God, my friend,
My rock, my refuge and my trust,
  On Thee my hopes depend.
O! be my guardian whilst I sleep,        25
  For Thou didst lend me breath:
And when I wake, my spirit keep,
  And save my soul in death.

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