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O living Source of Power,
Beautiful is Your dawning.
When You arise in the East,
You fill each land with beauty.
Glittering high above every land,
Your greatness is visible to all.
Though You are far away,
Your rays are upon the Earth.
Though You are high,
Your footprints are the day.
When You arise on the horizon,
You drive the darkness away.
When You send forth Your rays,
The lands are in daily festivity.
When You awaken them,
The cattle stand on their feet.
The trees and plants flourish;
Birds sing along the river.
All the animals dance on their feet
When You shine on them.
Your rays nourish every garden
As You make things live and grow.
Dawning, glittering, going and returning,
You make the season’s millions of forms.
Tribes and towns and cities all see You,
For You are the Strength of the Earth.
Akhnaton (14th century B.C.E), or Akhenaten, is credited with the first known attempt at monotheism. During his reign as king of Egypt, he tried to compel the nation to worship Aten (hence the name Akhenaten), a term used to designate the disc of the sun.