Translation by James Rendel Harris (1852 - 1941)

As the wings of doves over their...
Language: English  after the Aramaic (ܪܡܝܐ) 
   This Ode is a musical gem.

1  As the wings of doves over their nestlings;
   [and the mouth of their nestlings towards their mouths.]1
2  So also are the wings of the Spirit over my heart:
3  [My heart is delighted and exults: like the babe who exults in the womb of his mother:
4  I believed; therefore I was at rest; for faithful is He in whom I have believed:]1
5  He has richly blessed me and my head is with Him:
   and the sword shall not divide me from Him, nor the scimitar;
[6  For I am ready before destruction comes; and I have been set on His immortal pinions:
7  And He showed me His sign: forth and given me to drink,
   and from that life is the spirit within me, and it cannot die, for it lives.
8  They who saw me marvelled at me, because I was persecuted,
   and they supposed that I was swallowed up: for I seemed to them as one of the lost;
9  And my oppression became my salvation; and I was their reprobation because there was no zeal in me;
10 Because I did good to every man I was hated,
11 And they came round me like mad dogs, who ignorantly attack their masters,
12 For their thought is corrupt and their understanding perverted.
13 But I was carrying water in my right hand, and their bitterness I endured by my sweetness;
14 And I did not perish, for I was not their brother nor was my birth like theirs.
15 And they sought for my death and did not find it: for I was older than the memorial of them;
16 And vainly did they make attack upon me and those who, without reward, came after me:
17 They sought to destroy the memorial of him who was before them.
18 For the thought of the Most High cannot be anticipated; and His heart is superior to all wisdom. Hallelujah.]1

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Researcher for this text: Jean Nandi

This text was added to the website: 2009-10-29
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Word count: 333