Yehudah HaLevi
A Love Song by Yehudah HaLevi

A Love Song by Yehudah HaLevi

'Do you see over my shoulders falling, Snake-like ringlets waving free? Have no fear, for they are twisted To allure you unto me.' Thus she spoke, the gentle dove, Listen to your ...

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He Comes by Yehudah HaLevi

He Comes by Yehudah HaLevi

He comes, O bliss! Fly swiftly, you winds, You odorous breezes, And tell him how long I've waited for this! O happy that night, When sunk on your breast, Your kisses fast falling, ...

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Where Shall I Find Thee? by Yehudah HaLevi

Where Shall I Find Thee? by Yehudah HaLevi

O Lord, where shall I find Thee?All-hidden and exalted is Thy place;And where shall I not find Thee?Full of Thy glory is the infinite space. Found near-abiding ever,He made the ...

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Sabbath, My Love by Yehudah HaLevi

Sabbath, My Love by Yehudah HaLevi

greet my love with wine and gladsome lay; Welcome, thrice welcome, joyous Seventh Day! Six slaves the weekdays are; I share With them a round of toil and care, Yet light the ...

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God, Whom Shall I Compare To Thee? by Yehudah HaLevi

God, Whom Shall I Compare To Thee? by Yehudah HaLevi

God, whom shall I compare to Thee,When Thou to none canst likened be?Under what image shall I dareTo picture Thee, when everywhereAll nature’s forms Thine impress bear? Greater, O ...

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The Seventh Day by Yehudah HaLevi

The Seventh Day by Yehudah HaLevi

Forget not the day of the Sabbath, Its mention is like a pleasant offering. During it the dove found resting place, And there the weary may relax. The day is honored by the ...

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The Apple by Yehudah HaLevi

The Apple by Yehudah HaLevi

You have enslaved me with your lovely body;You have put me in a kind of prison.Since the day we parted,I have found nothing that is like your beauty.So I comfort myself with a ...

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Cups Without Wine by Yehudah HaLevi

Cups Without Wine by Yehudah HaLevi

Cups without wine are low thingsLike a pot thrown to the ground,But brimming with the juice, they shineLike body and soul. Translated by Robert Mezey

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The Mirror by Yehudah HaLevi

The Mirror by Yehudah HaLevi

Into my eyes he lovingly looked, My arms about his neck were twined, And in the mirror of my eyes, What but his image did he find? Upon my dark-hued eyes he pressed His lips with ...

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At Morning by Yehudah HaLevi

At Morning by Yehudah HaLevi

O Lord, my life was known to TheeEre Thou had’st caused me yet to be,Thy spirit ever dwells in me. Could I, cast down by Thee, have gainedA standing place, or, if restrainedBy ...

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Hymn For Atonement Day by Yehudah HaLevi

Hymn For Atonement Day by Yehudah HaLevi

Lord, Your humble servants hear, Suppliant now before You, Our Father, from Your children's plea Turn not, we implore You! Lord, Your people, sore oppressed, From the depths ...

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The Meeting Of The Stars by Yehudah HaLevi

The Meeting Of The Stars by Yehudah HaLevi

The stars of the world have joined to-day.‘Mid the host on high none are found like these.The Pleiads desire such unity,For no breath can come between them.The star of the east ...

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My Sweetheart’s Dainty Lips by Yehudah HaLevi

My Sweetheart’s Dainty Lips by Yehudah HaLevi

My sweetheart's dainty lips are red, With ruby's crimson overspread; Her teeth are like a string of pearls; Down her neck her clustering curls In ebony hue vie with the night, And ...

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The Grey Hair by Yehudah HaLevi

The Grey Hair by Yehudah HaLevi

One day I observed a grey hair in my head; I plucked it right out, when it thus to me said: 'You may smile, if you wish, at your treatment of me, But a score of my friends soon ...

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Marriage Song by Yehudah HaLevi

Marriage Song by Yehudah HaLevi

Fair is my dove, my loved one, None can with her compare: Yea, comely as Jerusalem, Like unto Tirzah fair. Shall she in tents unstable A wanderer abide, While in my heart awaits ...

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To The Rivals by Yehudah HaLevi

To The Rivals by Yehudah HaLevi

The lovely doe, far from her home, whose lover is angry—why did shelaugh? She laughed at the daughter of Edom and the daughter of Arabia who covet her beloved. Why, they are ...

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Ayin Nedivah (‘Generous Eye’): Qasida For Solomon Ibn Ghiyyat by Yehudah HaLevi

Ayin Nedivah (‘Generous Eye’): Qasida For Solomon Ibn Ghiyyat by Yehudah HaLevi

I can’t stop crying.My eyes are like peddler women.What they buy is: you are gone.What they sell is: tears,And business is good:Enough tears for a jeweled necklace. I am weeping ...

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To Israel, In Exile by Yehudah HaLevi

To Israel, In Exile by Yehudah HaLevi

O Sleeper whose heart is awake, burning and raging, now wake and goforth, and walk in the light of My presence. Rise, and ride on! A star hascome forth for you, and he who has ...

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O My Lord, Your Dwelling Places Are Lovely by Yehudah HaLevi

O My Lord, Your Dwelling Places Are Lovely by Yehudah HaLevi

O My Lord, Your dwelling places are lovely Your Presence is manifest, not in mystery. My dream brought me to the Temple of God And I praised its delightful servants, And the burnt ...

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When My Soul Longed – The Beginning Of His Journey by Yehudah HaLevi

When My Soul Longed – The Beginning Of His Journey by Yehudah HaLevi

That day when my soul longed for the place of assembly,Yet a dread of departure seized hold of me,He, great in counsel, prepared for me ways for setting forth,And I found His name ...

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Awake, My Fair by Yehudah HaLevi

Awake, My Fair by Yehudah HaLevi

Awake, my fair, my love, awake, So that I may gaze upon you! And if one is eager to kiss your lips, In your dreams this do you see, Lo, then I myself of your dream The interpreter ...

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Time-Servers by Yehudah HaLevi

Time-Servers by Yehudah HaLevi

Time-servers are the cowering slaves of slaves,Alone on earth, who serves the Lord is free,Each soul shall win the gift that it most craves;Seek God, my soul -- God shall your ...

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A Longing To Return To The Land Of Israel by Yehudah HaLevi

A Longing To Return To The Land Of Israel by Yehudah HaLevi

My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west. How can I find savor in food? How shall it be sweet to me? How shall I render my vows and my bonds, while yet Zion lieth ...

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On The Sea by Yehudah HaLevi

On The Sea by Yehudah HaLevi

I.My God, break not the breakers of the sea,Nor command to the deep, 'Become dry'.Until I thank Your mercies, and I thankThe waves of the sea and the wind of the west;Let them ...

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The Physician’s Prayer by Yehudah HaLevi

The Physician’s Prayer by Yehudah HaLevi

My God, heal me and I shall be healed,Let not Thine anger be kindled against me so that I be consumed.My medicines are of Thee, whether goodOr evil, whether strong or weak.It is ...

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Who Is Like Thee by Yehudah HaLevi

Who Is Like Thee by Yehudah HaLevi

Who is like Thee, revealing the deeps,Fearful in praises, doing wonders? The Creator who discovereth all from nothing,Is revealed to the heart, but not to the eye;Therefore ask ...

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Mount Avarim by Yehudah HaLevi

Mount Avarim by Yehudah HaLevi

Shalom, Mount Avarim. Blessed be your slopes.Somewhere on you the greatest of men was gathered,Sacred bones now buried deep in your side.If you do not know him, ask the Red ...

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Do These Tears Know? by Yehudah HaLevi

Do These Tears Know? by Yehudah HaLevi

Do these tears know who made them fall?Do these hearts know who made them recoil?They recoiled when their shining light sank into the earth,and the clods of earth knew not what ...

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The Home Of Love by Yehudah HaLevi

The Home Of Love by Yehudah HaLevi

Ever since You were the home of love for me, my love has lived where You have lived. Because of You, I have delighted in the wrath of my enemies; let them be, let them torment the ...

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The Fair Maiden by Yehudah HaLevi

The Fair Maiden by Yehudah HaLevi

The night when the fair maiden revealed the likeness of her form to me,The warmth of her cheeks, the veil of her hair,Golden like a topaz, coveringA brow of smoothest crystal—She ...

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Fortune’s Treachery by Yehudah HaLevi

Fortune’s Treachery by Yehudah HaLevi

When Fortune's shield protects you, then beware --Tomorrow, for your foot she sets a snare.Her gift, an eaglet's pinion -- now your flight,Anon, the lethal arrow -- to ...

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My Heart Is In The East by Yehudah HaLevi

My Heart Is In The East by Yehudah HaLevi

My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west—How can I find savour in food? How shall it be sweet to me?How shall I render my vows and my bonds, while yetZion lieth ...

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Song by Yehudah HaLevi

Song by Yehudah HaLevi

Let the morning pursue mewith the wind that senses her body.Let the clouds carry my message.Then might she yield. Lying in the constellation of The Bear,have pity, gazelle, on him ...

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Admonition by Yehudah HaLevi

Admonition by Yehudah HaLevi

Long in the lap of childhood didst thou sleep,Think how thy youth like chaff did disappear;Shall life’s sweet Spring forever last? Look up,Old age approaches ominously near.Oh ...

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