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אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם (מזרח)‏ | Adon Olam, translation by Annie Kantar

https://opensiddur.org/?p=37686 אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם (מזרח)‏ | Adon Olam, translation by Annie Kantar 2021-06-18 13:03:39 The piyyut, Adon Olam, in its expanded fifteen line variation, in Hebrew with English translation. Text the Open Siddur Project Annie Kantar (translation) Annie Kantar (translation) Unknown Author(s) https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Annie Kantar (translation) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Baqashot Arvit l'Shabbat Musaf l'Shabbat Nusaḥ Sefaradi פיוטים piyyutim Openers cosmological 11th century C.E. 49th century A.M. אדון עולם Adon Olam
Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)
אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מָלַךְ
בְּטֶרֶם כָּל יְצִיר נִבְרָא
לְעֵת נַעֲשָׂה בְחֶפְצוֹ
כֹּל אֲזַי מֶלֶךְ שְׁמוֹ נִקְרָא
Lord of the world, who reigned before
any creature came to be
By His will all things were made,
and then He was called our King
וְאַחֲרֵי כִּכְלוֹת הַכֹּל
לְבַדּוֹ יִמְלֹךְ נוֹרָא
וְהוּא הָיָה וְהוּא הוֶֺה
וְהוּא יִהְיֶה בְּתִפְאָרָה
And when all has ceased to exist,
He alone, revered, will reign
He has been, and still He is,
and in His majesty He will be
וְהוּא אֶחָד וְאֵין שֵׁנִי
לְהַמְשִׁיל לוֹ לְהַחְבִּירָה
בְּלִי רֵאשִׁית בְּלִי תַכְלִית
וְלוֹ הָעֺז וְהַמִּשְׂרָה
He is One—there is no other
who might ever approach His grandeur
Without beginning, and without end,
strength and dominion belong to Him
בְּלִי עֵרֶךְ בְּלִי דִמְיוֹן
בְּלִי שִׁנּוּי וּתְמוּרָה
בְּלִי חִבּוּר בְּלִי פֵרוּד
גְּדָל כֹּחַ וּגְבוּרָה
Beyond imagining, beyond measure,
unchanging and beyond compare
Set apart, yet utterly whole,
and wondrous in His might and power
וְהוּא אֵלִי וְחַי גּוֹאֲלִי
וְצוּר חֶבְלִי בְּעֵת צָרָה
וְהוּא נִסִּי וּמָנוֹס לִי
מְנָת כּוֹסִי בְּיוֹם אֶקְרָא
He is my God, my Redeemer lives,
He is a Rock in my hour of despair
He is my banner, He is my refuge,
He is my sustenance when I call
וְהוּא רוֹפֵא וְהוּא מַרְפֵּא
וְהוּא צוֹפֶה וְהוּא עֶזְרָה
He is the healer and He is the balm,
He keeps watch and comes to my aid
בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי
בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִירָה
וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי
אֲדנָֺי לִי וְלֹא אִירָא
And in His hand I place my soul
when I sleep and when I wake
As my spirit dwells in my body,
God is with me—I will not fear
בְּמִקְדָשׁוֹ תָּגֵל נַפְשִׁי
מְשִׁיחֵנוּ יִשְׁלַח מְהֵרָה
וְאָז נָשִׁיר בְּבֵית קָדְשִׁי
אָמֵן אָמֵן שֵׁם הַנּוֹרָא
In His abode my soul will rejoice,
for our redeemer is on his way
And in the Temple on that day
we will sing the awesome Name

The piyyut, “Adon Olam” became popular in the 15th century and is often attributed to Solomon ibn Gabirol (1021–1058) and less often to Sherira Gaon (900-1001), or his son, Hai ben Sherira Gaon (939-1038). The variation of the piyyut appearing here is the fifteen line version familiar to some Mizraḥi and eastern Sepharadi congregations. (A twelve line variant is common among the Western Sepharadim. The Ashkenazi version has ten lines.)

The English translation was made by Annie Kantar as published in Invitation to Piyut North America: 18 Piyutim & Mizmorim (2010), p.17. –Aharon Varady

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