Feb 282013
 

I say let the world hire someone else.

Shmuel ha-Nagid (993 – 1056?)
Serve the World

Serve the world in which you are imprisoned
As your spirit’s stopped within your body
With thought deliv’ring,1 guile bereft
And cunning stricken barren.

שמואל הנגיד / إسماعيل بن النغريلة
עבוד עולם

 
עֲבוֹד עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר בּוֹ נֶאֱסַרְתָּ
וְרוּחָךְ שֶׁבְּתוֹךְ גּוּפָךְ עֲצוּרָה
בְּמַחֲשָׁבָה מְיַלֶּדֶת וְעָרְמָה
מְשַׁכֶּלֶת וּבִמְזִימָּה עֲקָרָה.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

ʕavód ʕolám ‘ashér bo ne’esárta
Ve-ruḥákh shebtókh gufákh ʕatzúrah
Be-maḥashaváh meyalédet ve-ʕarmáh
Meshakélet u-vimzimáh ʕakaráh.

  1. As in, to deliver children.

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