For We Are Thy People

By Anonymous Anonymous
For we are thy people, and thou art our God;
We are thy children and thou our father.
We are thy servants, and thou art our master;
We are thy congregation and thou our portion.
We are thine inheritance, thou our lot;
We are thy flock, thou our shepherd.
We are thy vineyard, and thou art our keeper;
We are thy work, and thou our creator.
We are thy faithful one: thou art our beloved;
We are thy chosen: thou art the Lord our God.
We are thy subjects, thou our King;
We are thine acknowledged people, thou our acknowledged Lord.

NOTES: From the liturgy for Yom Kippur Eve

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Poet Anonymous

Subjects Religion, Faith & Doubt, Judaism, God & the Divine

Holidays Yom Kippur

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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