Thou art the Supreme Light

by Solomon ibn Gabirol

English version by Bernard Lewis
Original Language Hebrew

Thou art the supreme light, and the eyes of the pure soul shall see Thee, and clouds of sin shall hide Thee from the eyes of sinners.
Thou art the light hidden in this world and revealed in the world of beauty, "In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen."
Thou art the eternal light, and the inward eye yearns for Thee and is astonished -- she shall see but the utmost part of them, and shall not see them all.

-- from The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, by Joseph Dan

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