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Adon Olam

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The Lord of the Universe who reigned before anything was created.  When all was made by his will He was acknowledged as King.

And when all shall end He still all alone shall reign.  He was, He is, and He shall be in glory.

And He is one, and there's no other, to compare or join Him.  Without beginning, without end and to Him belongs dominion and power. 

And He is my God, my living God to Him I flee in time of grief, and He is my miracle and my refuge, who answers the day I shall call. 

To Him I commit my spirit, in the time of sleep and awakening, even if my spirit leaves, God is with me, I shall not fear

Adon Olam ("Eternal Lord") is a poetic hymn to God whose author is thought to be Solomon ibn Gabirol (1021-1058), the poet-philosopher who lived in Spain.  It consists of ten lines: the first six express the Jewish concept of God, and the last four tell how the man of faith relates to God, the trust he feels in Him.  The last words of the hymn, "God is with me, I shall not fear," are taken from Psalm 118:6, one of the passages of Hallel.


Source: Hayim H. Donin. To Pray As A Jew