And the letter is longing

by Rabbi Abraham Abulafia

English version by Peter Cole
Original Language Hebrew

And the letter is longing,
and sky desire
to know the will
that moves Him and lends
grace to spirit
and mercy to power
to rectify action,
Kingdom now foremost
and Law behind,
now Law foremost
and Kingdom behind --
and the letter and vowels
and song reveal
the mystery of blood...

-- from The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, Edited by Peter Cole

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