Apr 182013
 

What can I say. Spring is in the air. I mean, I think it is, anyway. I try not to go outside if I can help it.

Moshe ibn Ezra (1060? – 1140?)
A Colored Coat the Garden Wore

A colored coat the garden wore,
  And gilded garb its grassy kin.
Each tree was wrapped in checkered robes
  To show all eyes delights within.
The blossoms, new, set out with mirth
  Towards Time renewed as he strode in.
Yet all the lily passed as king;
  For raised on high his throne had been.
He changes now his prison clothes,
  Set free from ‘twixt his leafy pen.
Whoever drinks wine somewhere else,
  That very man will bear his sin.

משה אבן עזרא / موسى ابن عزرا
כתנות פסים לבש הגן

 
כָּתְנוֹת פַּסִּים לָבַש הַגָּן / וּכְסוּת רִקְמָה מַדֵּי דִשְׁאוֹ
וּמְעִיל תַּשְׁבֵּץ עָטָה כָל עֵץ / וּלְכָל עַיִן הֶרְאָה פִלְאוֹ
כָּל צִיץ חָדָשׁ לִזְמָן חֻדַּשׁ / יָצָא שׂוֹחֵק לִקְרַאת בּוֹאוֹ
אַךְ לִפְנֵיהֶם שׁוֹשָׁן עָבַר / מֶלֶךְ כִּי עָל הוּרַם כִּסְאוֹ
יָצָא מִבֵּין מִשְׁמַר עָלָיו / וַיְשַׁנֶּה אֵת בִּגְדֵי כִלְאוֹ
מִי לֹא יִשְׁתֶּה יֵינוֹ עָלָיו / הָאִישׁ הַהוּא יִשָּׂא חֶטְאוֹ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Kotnót pasím lavásh ha-gán / ukhsút rikmáh madéi dish’ó
Umʕíl tashbéitz ʕatáh kol ʕeitz / u-le-khól ʕáyin her’ah fil’ó
Kol tzitz ḥadásh lizmán ḥudásh / yatzá soḥéik likrát bo’ó
‘Akh lifneihém shoshán ʕavár / mélekh ki ʕal hurám kis’ó
Yatzá mi-béin mishmár ʕaláv / va-yeshanéh ‘eit bigdéi khil’ó
Mi lo yishtéh yeinó ʕaláv / ha-‘ísh ha-hú yisá ḥet’ó.

  One Response to “Moshe ibn Ezra, “Kotnot Pasim Lavash ha-Gan””

  1. This one really warms my heart. One of my favorite things around this time of the year is watching the new shoots come in on our beautiful pecan tree in the back yard. It never ceases to amaze me what a week of spring and a little rain does to make those familiar old branches come alive, and I’ll never get tired of watching those leaves grow bigger with the season. Also, pecans: hell yes.

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