O Thou Who Art The Ruler Of Earth And Heaven
O Thou Who art the Ruler of earth and heaven and the Author of all names!
Thou hearest the voice of my lamentation which from the fortress-town of
Akka ascendeth towards Thee, and beholdest how my captive friends have
fallen into the hands of the workers of iniquity.
We render Thee thanks, O our Lord, for all the troubles which have touched
us in Thy path. Oh, that the span of my earthly life could be so extended
as to embrace the lives of the former and the latter generations, or could
even be so lengthened that no man on the face of the earth could measure
it, and be afflicted every day and every moment with a fresh tribulation
for love of Thee and for Thy pleasure's sake!
Thou well knowest, however, O my God, that my wish is wholly dissolved in
Thy wish, and that Thou hast irrevocably decreed that my soul should
ascend unto the loftiest mansions of Thy Kingdom, and pass into the
presence of my all-glorious Companion.
Hasten, by Thy grace and bounty, my passing, O my Lord, and pour forth
upon all them that are dear to Thee what will preserve them from fear and
trembling after me. Powerful art Thou to do whatsoever may please Thee. No
God is there except Thee, the All-Glorious, the All-Wise.
Thou seest, O my Lord, how Thy servants have left their homes in their
longing to meet Thee, and how they have been hindered by the ungodly from
looking upon Thy face, and from circumambulating the sanctuary of Thy
grandeur. Pour out Thy steadfastness and send down Thy calm upon them, O
my Lord! Thou art, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.
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