Oct 242012

From Ben Qohelet (“Son of Ecclesiastes”). Truly, the Nagid is a cynic’s cynic. If I may be briefly permitted to act like the sixteen-year-old girl with a Tumblr we all know I truly am inside: ♥

Shmuel ha-Nagid (993 – 1056?)
The Earth is a Prison

The earth is a prison throughout all one’s days,
So I speak truth to the foolish man:
Run all you want — the heavens surround you;
Try to get out if you can.

שמואל הנגיד / إسماعيل بن النغريلة
ארץ לאדם

אֶרֶץ לְאָדָם בֵּית כְּלוּא כָּל יָמָיו,
לָכֵן אֲנִי אוֹמֵר אֱמֶת לַסָּכָל:
תָּרוּץ — וְשָׁמַיִם סְבִיבוֹתֶיךָ
מִכָּל עֲבָרִים; קוּם וְצֵא אִם תּוּכָל.


‘Éretz le-‘adám beit kelú kol yamáv,
Lakhén ‘aní ‘oméir ’emét la-sakhál:
Tarútz — ve-shamáyim savivotékha
Mi-kol ʕavarím; kum ve-tzéi ‘im tukhál.

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