Feb 082013
 

Not to reveal my crypto-Zionism, but…Jews showed interest in the land of Israel prior to 1897? The Internet has lied to me.

Shmuel Archevolti (1515 – 1611)
O Zion, Bejewel

O Zion, bejewel your sons’ heads with your grandeur,
And gird yourself always in rapture and finery!
How great are your joys to your every builder;
Exult in all hearts, and then rise up, shine brightly!
With song make your voice sweet, and joyously render
Thanksgiving to God, and observe your faith rightly:
To lay ‘twixt your breasts now has come his redeemer
To find his delight in your pure loving’s splendor.

שמואל ארקוולטי
ציון צבי ופאר

 
צִיּוֹן, צְבִי וּפְאֵר לְרֹאשׁ בָּנַיִךְ
תַּעְדּי; עֲדִי, רִקְמָה וְגִיל תַּחְגֹרִי.
שִׂמְחָה וְשָׂשׂוֹן רַב לְכָל בּוֹנַיִךְ;
עִלְזִי בְּכָל לֵבָב, וְקוּמִי, אוּרִי!
קוֹלֵך בְּשִׁיר יִנְעַם, וּבִרְנָנַיִךְ
תּוֹדָה תְנִי לָאֵל וְדָת תִּצֹּרִי:
כִּי בָא מְשִׁיחוֹ לָךְ וּבֵין שָׁדָיִךְ
יָלִין וְיִתְעַנֵּג בְּהוֹד דּוֹדָיִךְ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Tziyón, tzeví uf’éir le-rósh banáyikh
Taʕdí; ʕadí, rikmáh ve-gíl taḥgóri.
Simḥáh ve-sasón rav le-khól bonáyikh;
ʕilzí be-khól leiváv, ve-kúmi, ‘úri!
Koléikh be-shír yinʕám, u-virnanáyikh
Todáh tení la-‘éil ve-dát titzóri:
Ki va meshiḥó lakh u-véin shadáyikh
Yalín ve-yitʕanéig be-hód dodáyikh.

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