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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Adon Olam
By Jessie E. Sampter
THE EVERLASTING Lord who reigned
  Ere yet was formed or shape or thing,
When all was made as he decreed
  Was even then acknowledged King.
And after all that is shall end,        5
  Alone shall reign the feared one—He
In his resplendence glorious
  Who was, who is, and who will be.
And He is one and there is none,
  No second to compare or share—        10
Without beginning, without end—
  In his dominion everywhere.
He is my God—my helper lives—
  My rock when grievous times befall,
My banner He, my refuge He,        15
  And my cup’s portion, when I call.
Within His hand I trust my soul
  In sleep and waking—He is near—
And with my soul, my body, too:
  The Lord’s with me; I have no fear.        20

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