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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Adon Olam
By Israel Zangwill
 
LORD of the world, He reigned alone
  While yet the universe was naught,
  When by His will all things were wrought,
Then first His sovran name was known.
 
And when the All shall cease to be,        5
  In dread lone splendor He shall reign.
  He was, He is, He shall remain
In glorious eternity.
 
For He is one, no second shares
  His nature or His loneliness;        10
  Unending and beginningless,
All strength is His, all sway He bears.
 
He is the living God to save,
  My Rock while sorrow’s toils endure,
  My banner and my stronghold sure,        15
The cup of life whene’er I crave.
 
I place my soul within His palm
  Before I sleep as when I wake,
  And though my body I forsake,
Rest in the Lord in fearless calm.        20
 
 
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