Jan 272013
 

You keep on knocking, but you can’t come in:

Jacob Miller - Keep On Knocking

Yaakov Frances (1615 – 1667)
If I Hadn’t Known You

If I hadn’t known you, Love, ere this past night,
Had not my own hands had the feel of your art,
If I hadn’t felt your flame burn in my heart,
Had I like a snail not melted outright,1

And if since the day I beheld the sun’s light,
My eyes hadn’t sensed your dominion and sway
O’er all this great host that I’ve met ‘long the way
From all types of man, unto beast, unto mite —

O Love, on this day I’d call naught all your charms,
As nothing and void I’d consider Desire,
I’d call you a lamb in a lion’s guise dressed,

For ‘gainst him this fawn came out girded in arms,
Her heart in bright mail ‘gainst all weapons attired;
Wax upon marble were his shafts on her breast!

יעקב פראנשיס
לולי ידעתיך אהבה

 
לוּלֵי יְדַעְתִּיךְ אַהֲבָה מֵאֶמֶשׁ
לוּלֵי בְיָדִי פָעֳלֵךְ מִשַּׁשְׁתִּי
לוּלֵי בְלִבִּי לַהֲבֵךְ הִרְגַּשְׁתִּי
וּכְשַׁבְּלוּל אֵלֵךְ לְמֵאָז תֶּמֶס
 
לוּלֵי לְמִיּוֹם אֶחֱזֶה כַשֶּׁמֶשׁ
תָּקְפֵּךְ וּמֶמְשַֹלְתֵּךְ בְּעֵינַי חַשְׁתִּי
בַּמַּחֲנֶה הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר פָּגַשְׁתִּי
מִמִּין אֱנוֹשִׁי עַד בְּעִיר וָרֶמֶשׂ
 
הָאַהֲבָה הַיּוֹם חֲשַׁבְתִּיךְ אַיִן
תֹּהוּ וְאֶפֶס נֶחֱשַׁב לִי חֵשֶׁק
לָךְ אֶקְרְאָה טָלֶה בְּצוּרַת לַיִשׁ
 
כִּי אָזְרָה עָפְרָה לְנֶגְדּוֹ זַיִן
לִבָּהּ לְבוּשׁ שִׁרְיוֹן לְמוּל כָּל־נֶשֶׁק
חִצָּיו בְּחֵיקָהּ שַׁעֲוָה עַל־שַׁיִשׁ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Luléi yedaʕtíkh ‘ahaváh mei-‘émesh
Luléi ve-yadí poʕaléikh misháshti
Luléi ve-libí lahavéikh hirgáshti
U-khe-shablúl ‘eiléikh le-mei’áz témes

Luléi le-mi-yóm ‘eḥezéh kha-shémesh
Tokpéikh u-memshaltéikh be-ʕeinái ḥáshti
Ba-maḥanéh ha-zéh ‘ashér pagáshti
Mi-mín ‘enoshí ʕad beʕír va-rémes

Ha-‘ahaváh ha-yóm ḥashavtíkh ‘áyin
Tóhu ve-‘éfes neḥesháv li ḥéishek
Lakh ‘ekre’áh taléh be-tzurát láyish

Ki ‘azráh ʕofráh le-negdó záyin
Libáh levúsh shiryón le-múl kol néshek
Ḥitzáv be-ḥeikáh shaʕaváh ʕal sháyish.

  1. Psalm 58:8.

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