# God’s Blue Throne

O God, whom angels praise by day and night,1

A poor paytan2 approaches Your blue throne3

To offer up before Your grandeur's height

These woven words,4 these words of worth unknown.

O King, who was, who is, who e'er will be,

You gave three crowns,5 a gift forevermore:

First priesthood's crown to Aaron's progeny,

In purity, forgiveness to implore,

Then crown of Torah gave to rectify

Your people, and the nations if they heed.

Though now in dust the kingship crown may lie

It yet will gleam on David and his seed.

Now humbly I Your lofty gifts requite;

Deign these crowns, too, be worthy in Your sight.

# Footnotes

1: See Babylonian Talmud (hereinafter referred to as Talmud Bavli) Chullin 91b. "And the angels do not sing above until Israel speaks below." Also see Isaiah 6:3 and Deuteronomy 6:7.

2: A paytan is a person who writes piyyutim (singular, piyyut). A piyyut is a Jewish liturgical poem, usually based on a poetic scheme such as an acrostic.

3: See Ezekiel 1:26.

4: This is an allusion to Anim Zemirot, a piyyut attributed to the 12th century paytan Rav Yehudah HaChassid. Its opening lines are "I shall compose pleasant psalms, and weave together hymns."

5: See Pirkei Avot 4:17. "Rabbi Shimon said, 'There are three crowns—the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship...'"

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