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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Morning Song
By Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Trans. Alice Lucas)
 
AT the dawn, I seek Thee,
  Refuge and rock sublime,—
Set my prayer before Thee in the morning,
  And my prayer at eventime.
I before Thy greatness        5
  Stand, and am afraid:—
All my secret thoughts Thine eye beholdeth
  Deep within my bosom laid.
And withal what is it
  Heart and tongue can do?        10
What is this my strength, and what is even
  This the spirit in me too?
But verily man’s singing
  May seem good to Thee;
So will I thank Thee, praising, while there dwelleth        15
  Yet the breath of God in me.
 
 
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