Hymn for the Descent to the Merkavaby Hekhalot Hymns (Anonymous)
English version by T. Carmi
Original Language Hebrew
The beginning of praise
and the start of song,
the beginning of joy
and the start of jubilation --
these are sung by the princes
who daily serve the Lord God of Israel.
They exalt His throne of glory:
'Rejoice, rejoice, throne of glory!
Sing, sing for joy, seat of the Most High!
Exult, exult, O precious vessel,
so marvelously fashioned!
You will gladden the king upon you,
as a bridegroom is gladdened
in his bridal-chamber!'
|-- from The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, Edited by T. Carmi|
|The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse||Beholders of Divine Secrets: Mysticism and Myth in the Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature||Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism|