His Sovereignty

By Kalonymos ben Moses of Lucca Kalonymos ben Moses of Lucca
His sovereignty is o’er my gathered throng;
His glory is my faith within,
I seek Him for atonement of my sin—
This day of fasting to forgive the wrong:
And He will answer, He will say, “Forgiven.”
 
Holy—and mighty in His chamber o’er the skies;
Holy—in penitence alone His pardon lies;
Holy—the secret of His Law He tells His own
Holy—for all His sheep rejoicing to atone;
Holy—He pardoneth His faithful one that pleads;
Holy—and all His people praise His mighty deeds;
Holy—His faithful one remembering in His love;
Holy—He loves the soul’s affliction of His dove.
Holy—on those unclean His cleansing waters flow;
Holy—His people’s sin He maketh white as snow.
Holy—yea, Israel of their error maketh clear;
Holy—He sets apart one day in all the year;
Holy—He pardons them whose longing turns to Him.
Holy—above the highest heights He standeth dim;
Holy—and He is good to those who bear His fear;
Holy—forgiving sin His wrath will not appear;
Holy—by righteousness He drives transgressions hence;
Holy—He holds this day of fast for penitence.
Holy—He gently leads to Him His holy one;
Holy—thus merciful beside Him there is none;
Holy—’mid clouds abiding where His dwelling lies:
Holy—and angels tell His glory through the skies.
 
His sovereignty is o’er my gathered throng;
His glory is my faith within.
I seek Him for atonement of my sin—
This day of fasting to forgive the wrong:
And He will answer, He will say, “Forgiven.”

NOTES: From the liturgy for Yom Kippur

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Poet Kalonymos ben Moses of Lucca

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

Holidays Yom Kippur

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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