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Immanuel of Rome (1261 – 1328)
The Day That I Called on My Friend

The day that I called on my friend to give aid,
  Quick as a bird from his nest he drew near;1
The day that I called him that he might aid me,
  He fell silent as snakes that seal off the ear.2.
Like the dog of a man who makes works out of iron,
  Whose home and hearth are the forge he appears:
Who sleeps and who naps through the sound of the hammer;
  Who wakes up at mealtime — his teeth he can hear!

עמנואל הרומי
דוד יום קראתיהו

 
דּוֹד יוֹם קְרָאתִיהוּ לְעֶזְרָתוֹ
 גָּז חִיש כְּצִפּוֹר מִמְּרוֹם קִנּוֹ
אַךְ יוֹם לְעֶזְרָתִי קְרָאתִיהוּ
 הֶחְרִישׁ כְּפֶתֶן יַאֲטֵם אָזְנוֹ
נִדְמֶה לְכֶלֶב אִישׁ חֲרַשׁ בַּרְזֶל
 בֵּית הוֹלְמִים שִׁבְתּוֹ וּמִשְׁכָּנוֹ
יִישַׁן לְקוֹל פַּטִּישׁ וְיֵרָדֵם
 יִיקַץ לְעֵת אֹכֶל לְקוֹל שִׁנּוֹ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Dod yom keratíhu le-ʕezrató
Gaz ḥish ke-tzipór mi-meróm kinó
‘Akh yom le-ʕezratí keratíhu
Heḥerísh ke-féten ya’atéim ‘oznó
Nidméh le-khélev ‘ish ḥarásh barzél
Beit holmím shivtó u-mishkanó
Yishán le-kól patísh ve-yeiradéim
Yikátz le-ʕeit ‘ókhel le-kól shinó.

  1. Psalm 90:10.
  2. Psalm 58:5

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