O gracious father, kindly prince,
countless myriads of years have now passed since we were separated from Thee!
We yearn and long to see Thy luminous and living face!
Unstained we roam forth in Thy power, unstained we come again to stand before Thee!
It is true we have not altogether been able to fulfill Thy will,
but now be merciful to us, O gracious and royal God;
we would forget our sorrows, we would live in the joy of eternal love!
The lesson is taken from the Great Book of the Mandaeans:
From the day when I came to love the Life,
from the day when my heart came to love the Truth,
I no longer have trust in anything in the world.
In father and mother, I have no trust in the world.
In brothers and sisters I have no trust in the world.
In what is made and created I have no trust in the world.
After my soul alone I go searching about, which to me is worth generations and worlds.
I went and found my soul — What are to me all the worlds?
I went and found Truth, as she stands at the outer rim of the worlds.
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