Hymn for the Descent to the Merkava

by 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

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