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אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם (מנהג הספרדים)‏ | Adōn Olam (rhyming translation by Jacob Waley, before 1873)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=51543 אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם (מנהג הספרדים)‏ | Adōn Olam (rhyming translation by Jacob Waley, before 1873) 2023-06-10 20:10:39 <em>Adon Olam</em> is a piyyut that 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 12 line version familiar to Sepharadi congregations. (There are also fifteen and sixteen line variants found in Sepharadi siddurim. The Ashkenazi version has ten lines.) The rhyming translation here by Jacob Waley was transcribed from the prayerbook of his daughter Julia M. Cohen's <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=51528">The Children's Psalm-Book</a></em> (1907), pp. 298-299. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Jacob Waley Shlomo ibn Gabirol https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Arvit l'Shabbat Morning Baqashot Bedtime Shema Musaf l'Shabbat Nusaḥ Sefaradi פיוטים piyyutim 57th century A.M. cosmological 11th century C.E. 49th century A.M. rhyming translation אדון עולם Adon Olam 19th century C.E.
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Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מָלַךְ
בְּטֶֽרֶם כׇּל־יְצִיר נִבְרָא׃
לְעֵת נַֽעֲשָׂה כְּחֶפְצוֹ כֹּל
אֲזַי מֶֽלֶךְ שְׁמוֹ נִקְרָא׃
Lord of the Universe! who reigned
ere yet was formed created thing,
When all was by Thy bidding made,
then was Thy Name proclaimed King.
וְאַֽחֲרֵי כִּכְלּוֹת הַכֹּל
לְבַדּוֹ יִמְלֹךְ נוֹרָא׃
וְהוּא הָיָה וְהוּא הֹוֶה
וְהוּא יִֽהְיֶה בְּתִפְאֲרָה׃
And after all shall pass away,
He shall alone tremendous reign.
He was, He is, and He will be,
to Him doth glory appertain.
וְהוּא אֶחָד וְאֵין שֵׁנִי
לְהַמְשִׁיל לוֹ לְהַחְבִּירָה׃
בְּלִי רֵאשִׁית בְּלִי תַּכְלִית
וְלוֹ הָעֹז וְהַמִּשְׂרָה׃
The Lord is one and there is none
with Him to liken or compare.
Without beginning, without end,
all things His majesty declare.
בְּלִי עֵֽרֶךְ בְּלִי דִמְיוֹן
בְּלִי שִׁנּוּי וְהַתְּמוּרָה׃
בְּלִי חִבּוּר בְּלִי פֵרוּד
גְּדׇל־כֹּחַ וְהַגְּבוּרָה׃
Without a measure or a form,
beyond the reach of mind and sense.[1] This verse is only included in the version of this ancient morning Hymn used by the Spanish and Portuguese congregations.  
And matter’s laws of change and cause,
sublime in pow’r and excellence —
וְהוּא אֵלִי וְחַי גּֽוֹאֲלִי
וְצוּר חֶבְלִי בְּיוֹם צָרָה׃
וְהוּא נִסִּי וּמָנוֹס לִי
מְנָת כּוֹסִי בְּיוֹם אֶקְרָא׃
My God and my Redeemer lives.
Rock of my trust when griefs befal,
My Banner and my Tower of strength,
and my cup’s portion when I call.
בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי
בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִֽירָה׃
וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי
אֲדֹנָי לִי וְלֹא אִירָא׃
To Him my spirit I commend
at morn and eve with faith sincere,
My spirit and its mortal frame —
The Lord with me I will not fear.

Adon Olam is a piyyut that 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 12 line version familiar to Sepharadi congregations. (There are also fifteen and sixteen line variants found in Sepharadi siddurim. The Ashkenazi version has ten lines.) The rhyming translation here by Jacob Waley was transcribed from the prayerbook of his daughter Julia M. Cohen’s The Children’s Psalm-Book (1907), pp. 298-299.

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1This verse is only included in the version of this ancient morning Hymn used by the Spanish and Portuguese congregations.

 

 

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