Kingdom

pleasure,

There, with a strong-flowing sea (?) is a spacious, perfect city, in it, with the light of peace,1 is the eternal way of the four chief doors.

The measure of each door severally of the four chief doorways, (placed) side by side, by calculation, is a mile across each single door.

In each doorway a cross of gold before the eyes of the ever-shining host; the King wrought them without effort, they are massive, very lofty.

Overhead, on each cross, a bird of red gold, full-voiced, not unsteady; in every cross a great gem of precious stone.

Every day an archangel with his host from Heaven's king, with harmony, with pure melody, (gather) around each several cross.

Before each doorway is a lawn, fair . . ., of sure estimation, I liken each one of them in extent2 to the earth together with its seas.

1 Or peaceful light.

2 This is the L. B. reading; the text gives "excellence" " fertility," which does not make good sense.

The circuit of cach single iawn with its silvern soil,1

with its swards, covered with goodly blossom, with its beauteous plants.

Vast though you may deem the extent of the spacious law.is, a rampart of silver, undrcaymg, has been formed about each several lawn.

'ITie portals of the walls without around the fortress on every side, with its dwellings soundly placed, affording abodes (?) for many thousands.

Eight portals in a series so that they come together around the city, I have not, i:1 the way of knowledge,2 a simile for the extent of e-ch portico.

Each portal abounding in plants, with their bronze foundations, a rampart of fair clay has been established strongly about each portul.

Twelve ramparts- -perfect the boundary (.!) of the portals, of the lawns, without counting the three ramparts that are outside around the chief city.

1 The L, li. trading is fond eCargut fuihib. which seems to point to sum: such meaning as " base,' ' foundation."

3 Reading uncertain.

There are forty gateways in the heavenly habitation with its kingly thrones ; three to each tranquil lawn, and three to each portal.

Gratings (or doors) of silver, fair in aspect, 1. 409

to each gateway of that lawn, gracious bronze doors to the gateways of the portals.

The corresponding walls from the fortress outwards of all the portals are comparable in height1

(to the distance) from the earth to the moon.

The ramparts of the lawns, as is meet, wrought of white bronze, their height—mighty in brilliance— is as that from the earth to the pure sun.

The measure of comparison of the three ramparts which surround the chief city, their height shows (a distance equal to that) from the earth to the firmament.

The entrance bridges2 of the perfect gates, 1. 465

a fair way, shining with red gold, they are irradiated—pure the gathering—

each step ascending above the other.

1 This is the L. B. reading; our text seems to mean "in renown."

2 Or "thresholds."

From step to step- brave the progress, pleasant the ascent into the Irigh city ; fair is that host, on the path of attainment (?) many thousands, a hundred of hundreds.

In the circuit of the ramparts—great its strength (?)--in the interior of the chLf city, bright glossy galleries, firm red-gold bridges.

Therein are ¿lowering lands ever fresh in all seasons, with the produce of each vvcll-lovcd fruit with their thousand fragrances.

The nine grades of heaven, 1. 553.

around the King of ail causat ion, without loss of glory, with vigour of strength, without pride, without envy.

In abundant profusion (?) under the lawful King this their exact number, seventy-two excellent hosts in each grade of the grades.

The namber of cach host, unmeasured g'adness, tnere is none that could know it, except the King ¡hould know it who created them out of nothing.

A majestic King over them all,

King of fowcry heaven, a goodly, righteous, steadfast King,

King of royal generosity in His regal dwe'ling.

King very youthful, King aged long ago,1 King who fashioned the heavens about the pure sun, King of all the gracious saints, a King gentle, comely, shapely.

The King who created the pure heavenly house for the angels without transgression, land of holy ones, of the sons of life,2 a plain fair, long, spacious.

He arranged a noble, peaceful 3 abode, stable, under the regal courses, a comely, clear, perfect, bright circuit, for the wondrous folk of penitence.

My King from the beginning over the host, " sanctus Dominus Sabaoth,"

to whom is chanted upon the heights, with loving guidance, (?)

the melody of the four-and-twenty white-robed saints.

The King who ordained the perfect choir of the four-and-twenty holy ones, sweetly they chant the chant to the host " sanctus Deus Sabaoth."

1 Perhaps Ancient of Days.

2 Mac bethad may mean " a sinless man," as mac bdis, " son of death," means a sinful man.

3 We take sid to be an adjective; it might also mean " a fairy mound," but this is hardly applicable here.

King steadfast, bouin "fill, goodly, noble, abode of peace, . . . (?) with whom is the flock of lambs around the Pure Spotless Lamb

Bright King, who appointed the Lamb to move forward upon the Mount (of Sion) 1

four thousand youths following Him,

(with) a hundred and forty (thousand) in a pure progress.

A perfect choir, with glories of form, of the stainless virgins, chants pure music along w'th them following after the shining Lamb.

Equal in beauty, in swiftness, in brightness, across the Mount surrounding the Lamb ;

the name inscribed on their countenances, with grace, is the name of the Father.

The King who ordained the voice of the heavenly ones by : ispirition. full, strong-swelling, as the mighty wave of majy waters;

Or like the voice of sound-loving harps they sing, without fault, fu'l tenderly, (like) multitudinous great floods over every land, or like t.ae mighty sound of thunder.®

• ' I peard J. voice from heaven, is tlic voic» ot may waters, ind as the \oice of a great tau '. >-, and I heard thi voice of haners harping with their harps (Rev. xiv. 2).

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