2 And Moses went into the mount
Of Ælohim, and the account
Of YHWH’s glory stayed on Sinai,
And a cloud veiled him six days nigh.
3 Upon the seventh day he called
Moses out of the cloud enthralled,
And he saw YHWH’s light like a flame
Of fire upon the mountain came.
4 And Moses was on the mountain
Forty days and forty nights, in
That time Ælohim taught him all
The early and the later call
Of the division of all days
Of law and testimony’s ways.
Beloved, I’ve also fasted forty days,
And prayed that You might ever guide my ways,
And I have taken tablets from Your hand
Wrought in the shining jewels of Samarqand,
And writ with divine words in number ten.
I’ve heard Your voice, the voice that spoke to men
Once at Sinai, and so I take these words
At hand of prophet, though not jewelled sherds,
But ink and paper, yet the gems glow still
To tell me, my Beloved, to do Your will.
Let me live in that light of cloud and flame
That opens now Jubilees and Your name,
Division of all days and divine law
Laid bare before my eyes opened in awe.
From The Beloved and I by Thomas McElwain