Dec 232012

Whatever. I don’t lie. I tell the truth all the time. I tell the truth like crazy. I’m telling the truth right now. You can always trust a poet.

Meshulam de Piera (? – after 1260)
They Asked Me: O Wise of Heart

They asked me: “O wise of heart, who is it
Who fails to tell goodness and evil apart,
And who sings of the honor of the men of his time,
Though the truth has been measured and checked in his heart?”
I answered them: “Oh, my dear friends! I am he!
I am he, the poet who lies as his art!”

משולם דיפיארה
שאלוני חכם לבב

שְׁאֵלוּנִי: חֲכַם לֵבָב, וּמִי זֶה
אֲשֶׁר בֵּין טוֹב וּבֵין רַע לֹא יְבַקֵּר,
וְיָשִׁיר אֶל מְתֵי הַדּוֹר בְּכָבוֹד,
וְלִבּוֹ הָאֱמֶת אִזֵּן וְחִקֵּר?
הֲשִׁיבֹתִים: מְיֻדָּעַי, אֲנִי הוּא,
אֲנִי הוּא הַמְשׁוֹרֵר הַמְשַׁקֵּר!


She’eilúni: ḥakhám leiváv, u-mí zeh
‘Ashér bein tov u-véin raʕ lo yevakéir,
Ve-yashír ‘el metéi ha-dór be-khavód,
Ve-libó ha-’emét ‘izéin ve-ḥikéir?
Hashivotím: meyudaʕái, ‘aní hu,
‘Aní hu ha-meshoréir ha-meshakéir!

  One Response to “Meshulam de Piera, “She’eiluni Ḥakham Leivav””

  1. Speaking of trusting poets… I have a (minor) project that I’m working on that I would love your insight on for one piece (it involves Hebrew poetry translation). If you have a moment I would really appreciate if you could drop me an email ( Thanks!

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