Feb 212013

Time. It has its detractors.

Vidal Benveniste (15th century)
Time Murdered

Though armed with no weapon, Time murdered my heart
  And drank of my blood like the grape’s in its glass
The day that you left set my honor astray
  To dwell in the wastes with the hawk1 and the owl
To pine there for days of companions’ rapport,
  Which were its due portion, the glass in its hand!

וידאל בנבנשת
זמן רצח

זְמָן רָצַח בְּלִי שֶׁלַח לְבָבִי
 וְיֵשְׁתְּ דָּמִי כְדַם עֵינָב בְּכוֹסוֹ
וְהֵנִיד אֶת כְּבוֹדִי יוֹם נְדוּדָךְ
 וְלִשְׁכֹּן עִם קְאַת מִדְבָּר וְכוֹסוֹ
וְשָׁם יוֹחִיל יְמֵי חֶבְרַת יְדִידִים
 אֲשֶׁר הֵמָּה מְנַת חֶלְקוֹ וְכוֹסוֹ


Zeman ratzáḥ bli shélaḥ levaví / ve-yéisht damí khe-dám ʕeináv be-khosó
Ve-heiní ‘et kevodí yom nedudákh / ve-lishkón ʕim ke’át midbár ve-khosó
Ve-shám yoḥíl yeméi ḥevrát yedidím / ‘ashér heimáh menát ḥelkó ve-khosó

  1. Actually, to use scholarly terminology, nobody really knows what exactly the fuck a ka’at is, other than a bird that lives in the desert.

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