The heavens smile, the earth celebrates,
The morning stars sing together,
And all the Children of Light shout for Joy.
O sing unto the Heavenly Father a new song:
Sing unto the Earthly Mother, all the earth.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad,
Let the sea roar, and the fulness of Eternal Life.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:
Then shall all the trees of the wood
Rejoice before the Holy Law.
Sing unto the Heavenly Father,
All ye heavens of heavens,
And ye waters that be above the heavens,
All mountains and all hills,
Stormy wind fulfilling his word,
Fruitful trees and all cedars,
Beasts and all cattle,
Creeping things and flying fowl,
Kings of the earth and all people,
Princes and all judges of the earth:
Young men and maidens, old men and children,
Let them sing unto the Heavenly Gather with Joy.
Sing unto the Lord with the harp, and voice of a psalm.
With trumpets and sound of pipes
Make a joyful noise before the Angels.
Let the floods clap their hands:
Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother
With gladness and joy:
Come before their presence with singing.
The spirit of the Holy Law is upon me,
Because the Elders have anointed me
To preach good tidings unto the meek.
They have sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To comfort all that mourn,
To send unto them the holy Angel of Joy,
To give unto them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of Light for the spirit of heaviness,
For weeping may endure for a night,
But joy cometh in the morning.
The people that walked in darkness
Shall see a great light,
And they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them shall shine the light of the Holy Law.
Drop down, ye heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down happiness.
Let the people of sadness go out with joy,
And be led forth with peace:
Let the mountains and the hills
Break forth before them into singing,
That they might partake of the holy celebration,
And eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life,
Which standeth in the Eternal Sea.
The sun shall be no more their light by day,
Neither for brightness
Shall the moon give light unto them:
But the Law shall be unto them an everlasting light,
And the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother
Shall be their eternal glory.
Their sun shall no more go down,
Neither shall their moon withdraw itself:
For the Law shall be their everlasting light,
And the days of their mourning shall be ended.
I will greatly rejoice in the Holy Law,
My soul shall be joyful in the Angels;
For they have clothed me in garments of light,
They have covered me with robes of joy.
As the earth bringeth forth her bud,
And as the garden causeth its seeds to spring forth,
So the Heavenly Father will cause the Holy Law
To spring forth with gladness and joy
Before all the Children of Light.
In the Garden of the Brotherhood,
All the earth shines with holiness and abundant joy,
For there are the seeds of the Holy Law sown.
The Law is the best of all good
For the Children of Light:
It giveth unto them brightness and glory,
Health and strength of the body,
Long life in communion with the Angels,
And eternal and unending Joy.
We will sing unto the Heavenly Father,
And unto the Earthly Mother,
And unto all the Angels,
As long as we live in the Garden of the Brotherhood:
We will sing praise unto the Holy Law
Forever and forever.
From The Gospel of the Essenes by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. Reproduced here with the permission of his family. For a complete catalogue of Dr. Szekely's books write to:
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