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Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

I look for you early

Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

I look for you early,
my rock and my refuge,
          offering you worship
     morning and night;
before your vastness
I come confused
          and afraid for you see
     the thoughts of my heart.

I Sought Thee Daily

Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

I have sought Thee daily at dawn and twilight,
     I have stretched my hands to Thee, turned my face,
Now the cry of a heart athirst I will utter,

Lord of the World

Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

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.

The Sun

Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

Like a bridegroom the sun
Dons his robe that is spun
     Of light,
Which from Thee emanated
Yet in no wise abated
     Thy light.

Taught to go westward round
With obeisance profound
     To his Lord,

Where Will I Find You

Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

Where, Lord, will I find you:
your place is high and obscured.
     And where
          won’t I find you:
     your glory fills the world.

You dwell deep within —

Who could accomplish what you’ve accomplished

Poet: Solomon ibn Gabirol

Who could accomplish what you’ve accomplished
in establishing under the Throne of Glory
     a level for all who were righteous in spirit?

This is the range of pure soul
gathered in the bond of all that’s vital.