Sep 282013
 

The return of one of Soul and Gone’s favorite poets. Draw your own conclusions about Soul and Gone’s relations to melancholy, sensitive, completely nocturnal outsider poets utterly unable to function within normal society.

David Vogel (1891 – 1944)
Here You Sit Beside Me

Here you sit beside me,
Our shadows have outgrown us.

The lamp goes out,
The joy already came, already went.

Our heart will grieve,
We’ll sit here melancholy,
Like children greatly punished.

Here you sit beside me,
Our shadows have outgrown us.

דוד פוגל
הנך יושבה על ידי


הִנָּךְ יוֹשְׁבָה עַל יָדִי,
צְלָלֵינוּ גָדְלוּ מֶנּוּ.

הַנֵּר כָּבֶה,
הָאשֶׁר כְּבָר בָּא וּכְבָר הָלָךְ.

לִבֵּנוּ יִדְאַב,
נוּגִים נֵשֵׁבָה,
כִּילָדִים עֲנָשָׁם הָרַב.

הִנָּךְ יוֹשְׁבָה עַל יָדִי,
צְלָלֵינוּ גָדְלוּ מֶנּוּ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Hinákh yoshváh ʕal yadí,
Tzelaléinu gadlú ménu.

Ha-néir kavéh,
Ha-‘ósher kevár ba ukh-vár halákh.

Libéinu yid’áv,
Nugím neishéivah,
Kiladím ʕanashám ha-ráv.

Hinákh yoshváh ʕal yadí,
Tzelaléinu gadlú ménu.

  2 Responses to “David Vogel, “Hinakh Yoshvah Al Yadi””

  1. Does he really use “menu” (rather than mimenu)? I’ve never seen that form… But a very powerful poem. And so glad to see that you’re back to posting!

  2. He does…it’s an accepted (if rare) form, I’ve seen it in other places, but none come to mind right now. Vogel’s Hebrew is really idiosyncratic (in a kind of strangely simple way). I think, as one of the few Hebrew poets under the sway of symbolism at the time, he tends to deliberately seek out the most condensed forms and the shortest words. I don’t have to tell you that putting him next to Tchernichovsky is night and day.

    And I’m gratified that not everyone has forgotten me over my lengthy, ah, sabbatical.

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