May 102013
 

Has it really been almost a month since our last Vogel? Impossible. Neruda, you silver-tongued devil.

David Vogel (1891 – 1944)
Tell Me, Girl

Tell me, girl,
why don’t you go out with your friends
towards the hill,
to watch the setting sun in silence?

True, the day’s already ebbed
trembling restrained recoils from the world.

Slow despair sinks rosy-hued inside each heart.

Why sit so dim
upon the window
your eye treading down the bridge?

דוד פוגל
אמרי לי, עלמה


אִמְרִי לִי, עַלְמָה,
לָמָּה לֹא תֵצְאִי עִם רַעֲיוֹתַיִךְ
אֶל הַגִּבְעָה,
לִרְאוֹת דּוּמָם בַּהֲלוֹךְ הַשָּׁמֶשׁ?

הֵן כְּבָר רַד הַיּוֹם
רְעָדָה נֶעֱצֶרֶת סוֹלְדָה בַתֵּבֵל.

יָגוֹן וָרֹד אַט יִשְׁקַע בַּלְּבָבוֹת.

לָמָּה תֵשְׁבִי כֵהָה
עַל הַחַלּוֹן
וְעֵינֵךְ תָּרָד אֶת הַגָּשֶׁר?
י

Transliteration/תעתיק:

‘Imrí li, ʕalmáh,
lámah lo teitz’í ʕim raʕayotáyikh
‘el ha givʕáh,
lir’ót dumám ba-halókh ha-shámesh?

Hein kevár rad ha-yóm
Reʕadáh neʕetzéret soldáh va-teivéil.

Yagón varód ‘at yishkáʕ ba-levavót.

Lámah teishví kheiháh
ʕal ha-ḥalón
ve-ʕeinéikh tarád ‘et ha-gásher?

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