Ritual Recalls the Revelation

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Ritual recalls the revelation.
Once the eternal enters time, it fades.
So might we sustain it through sensation,
Having melodies to serve as aids.
Hear, O Israel, the ancient words
As song, and savor both the sense and music!
Sing with the bright cadences of birds,
Holiness so sweet you can't refuse it!
A synagogue is sanctified by song,
Nor ought familiar prayers be simply read.
All one's heart is where it must belong,
Here singing with the living and the dead.

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