<B style="color:black;background-color:#A0FFFF">Adon </B><B
style="color:black;background-color:#99ff99">olam</B>, asher malach
Beterem kol yetsir nivra,
Le'eit na'asa vecheftso kol,
Azai melech shemo nikra.
Ve'acharei kichlot hakol,
Levado yimloch nora,
Vehu haya vehu hoveh,
Vehu yihiyeh betifara.
Vehu echad, ve'ein sheini
Lehamshil lo, lehachbira,
Beli reishit, beli tachlit,
Velo haoz vehamisra.
Vehu Eili, vechai goali,
Vetsur chevli be'eit tsara,
Vehu nisi umanos li,
Menat kosi beyom ekra.
Beyado afkid ruchi,
Be'eit ishan ve'a'ira,
Ve'im ruchi geviati:
Adonai li, velo ira.
Master of the World who was king,
before any form was created.
At the time when He made all through His will,
then His name was called 'King'.
And after all is gone,
He, the Awesome One, will reign alone.
And He was, and He is,
and He will be in splendor.
And He is One, and there is no second,
to compare to Him or be His equal.
Without beginning, without end,
to Him is the power and rulership.
And He is my God and my living Redeemer,
and the Rock of my fate in times of distress.
He is my banner and He is a refuge for me,
my portion on the day I cry out,
In His hand I entrust my spirit,
when I sleep and when I wake.
And my soul shall remain with my body,
HaShem is with me and I am not afraid.
This is a poem most often attributed to Rabbi Shlomo ibn Gabirol, the great poet of 11th-Century Spain. These words have probably been sung to thousands different melodies. Here's an amusing web page that lists the surprising range of songs these lyrics could fit: http://www.rahul.net /figmo/Olamni/.
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Added July 8th, 1999