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Keep your friends close. From Ben Mishlei.

Shmuel ha-Nagid (993 – 1056?)
When You Summon Near

When you summon near the most distant of friends
Spread out for them traps with the words you expend
As your amity sweetens your brother’s own heart
Hang ’round him a charm made of grace and amends.

שמואל הנגיד / إسماعيل بن النغريلة
בהקריבך רחוקי הידידים

בְּהַקְרִיבָךְ רְחוֹקֵי הַיְּדִידִים
פְּרֹשׂ לָהֶם בְּדִבְרֵי פֶה מְצוֹדִים
וּבַחְלוֹת מִיְּדִידוּתָךְ לְבַב אָח
תְּלֵה עָלָיו קְמִיעָה מֵחֲסָדִים.


Be-hakrivákh reḥokéi ha-yedidím
Perós lahém be-divréi feh metzodím
Uvaḥlót mi-yedidutákh leváv aḥ
Teléih ʕaláv kemiʕáh mei-ḥasadím.

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