The Soul Speaks (from Hymn on the Fate of the Soul)

Japanese Garden

From the very beginning,
          before times long past,
          I was stored among His hidden treasures.
He had brought me forth from Nothing, but at the end of time
I shall be summoned back before the King.

My life flowed 
          out of the depth of the spheres
          which gave me form and order.
Divine forces shaped me
to be treasured in the chambers of the King.

Then He shined his light
          to bring me forth
          in hidden well-springs, on the left and on the right.
He made me descend the steps leading down from
the Pool of Shelah to the garden of the King.  

— Nachmanides (Moses ben Nachman), 1194 – 1270

 

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