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1:From the very beginning, before times long past, I was stored among His hidden treasures. He had brought me forth from Nothing, but at the end of time I shall be summoned back before the King. My life flowed out of the depth of the spheres which gave me form and order. Divine forces shaped me to be treasured in the chambers of the King. Then He shined his light to bring me forth in hidden well-springs, on the left and on the right. He made me descend the steps leading down from the Pool of Shelah to the garden of the King. [1835.jpg] -- from The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, Edited by T. Carmi
~ Nachmanides, The Soul Speaks (from Hymn on the Fate of the Soul)
From the beginning, before the world ever was, I was held on high with his hidden treasures. He brought me forth from nothing and in the end I will be withdrawn by the King. My being flowed from the spheres' foundation, which endowed it with form in evident fashion. The craftsmen's hands weighed its creation, so I would be brought to the vaults of the King. He appeared to reveal what once he concealed, on the left and on the right as well. He sent me down the stairway leading from Siloam's pool to the groves of the King. I was formed from dust, though your breath in me burns. You've known this stranger's thoughts in these lands. How long, my soul, until you return and meet with approval before your King? [2465.jpg] -- from The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, Edited by Peter Cole
~ the beginning, before the world ever was (from Before the World Ever Was)
3:1 May the Name send its hidden radiance to open the gates of deliverance to His servants -- and shine in their hearts, which now are shut in silent darkness. May the great King be moved to act in perfection and righteousness -- to open the gates of wisdom for us and waken the love of old, the love of ancient days. 2 By the power of the hidden name I-Am-That-I-Am, and by the dew of Desire and Blessing, the dead will live again.... 3 I-am is the power of your Name in concealment, and one who knows its mystery dwells in eternity's instant. Over the world, it pours forth abundance and favor, and on it all worlds hang, like grapes in a cluster. Send the dew of blessing, the dew of grace; renew my dispensation, and grant me length of days. Bring light to my eyes with your teaching, and let not the husks that surround your hosts obstruct me. May Heaven and Adam's children judge me with mercy. Sustain me with their strength and fortune -- but do not leave me in need of the gifts of men. [2610.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, Edited by Peter Cole
~ Nachmanides, Prayers for the Protection and Opening of the Heart
1.01 - Historical Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
The former was the author of a classic philosophical work entitled The Commentary on the Ten Sephiros, an excellent and most lucid exposition of Qabalistic philosophy and considered an authoritative work by those who know it.
These were succeeded by Nachmanides, born in 1195 a.d..