Selected Religious Poems of Solomon ibn Gabirol, tr. by Israel Zangwill, , at sacred-texts.com
Tis joy to me to dwell in Thee,
At thought of Thee all grief retreats,
Thy mercies call for thanks, but all
I have to pay are tongues conceits.
Not heavens height can bound Thy might,
How then shall thought due praise assign?
Teach me, and bless with righteousness,
And let my will but further Thine.
The praise I bring as offering
Accept in lieu of sacrifice,
My service call memorial,
Pleased with Thy worshippers device.
Let Thy clear eye, O Lord, descry
How wretched are my fears and hopes,
And send Thy light to chase the night
In which my blinded spirit gropes.
In kindness great, compassionate,
O guard for me Thy tenderness,
Within its wideness let me hide
The vastness of my trespasses.
And as Thy name to me became
A treasure in my heart to stand,
So let to Thee my spirit be
A treasure held within Thy hand.