Nov 262012
 

That girl is poiiiisssoooonnn…

Yehuda ha-Levi (1075? – 1141?)
Your Cheek Is an Adder

Your cheek is an adder that yet renders balm
Your distance a wound that your closeness would dress
From the dew of your cheeks and your lips sate your love
With but a drop of the honey and balm1 you possess.

יהודה הלוי / يهوذا اللاوي
לחיך פתן ומנהו הצרי

 
לֶחֱיֵךְ פֶּתֶן וּמֶנְהוּ הַצֳּרִי
רָחֳקֵךְ יַכְאִיב וְקָרְבֵךְ יֶחֱבַשׁ
סַעֲדִי מִפִּיךְ וּמִצּוּף לֶחֱיֵךְ
אֹהֲבֵךְ בִּמְעַט צֳרִי וּמְעַט דְּבָשׁ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Leḥeyéikh péten u-ménhu ha-tzorí
Raḥokéikh yakh’ív ve-korvéikh yeḥevásh
Saʕadí mi-píkh u-mi-tzúf leḥeyéikh
‘Ohavéikh bi-meʕát tzorí u-meʕát devásh.

  1. Genesis 43:11.

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