Apr 182014
 
Berry Sakharof and Rea Mokhiach - Be-Ḥayeikhem Adumei ha-Sefatot

Shlomo ibn Gabirol (1021? – 1058?)
By Your Lives, You Whose Lips Are Stained with Red

O, by your lives, you whose lips with red are stained,
  Who have drawn along my heart so firmly chained
Turn now to me and remember my fond love
  And like laws and faiths may it be well retained
And upon your hearts may all your oaths remain
  Our birthright from God who covenants ordained
And tell the lord and my tidings bear as well
  To the man, whose words are in his heart ingrained:
“Did you forget our oath the day you left,
  The tearing of the cushions on which we’d lain,
How after I returned a pauper and displaced,
  Like a man sent off to Anathoth disdained?
May God relent and grant us his kind grace,
  And unite us ere we fall to Death’s domain.”

שלמה אבן גבירול / سليمان ابن جبيرول
בחייכם אדומי השפתות

 
בְּחַיֵּיכֶם, אֲדֻמֵּי הַשְּׂפָתוֹת,
 אֲשֶׁר מָשְׁכוּ לְבָבִי בַּעֲבוֹתוֹת
פְּנוּ אֵלַי וְִזכְרוּ אַהֲבָתִי
 וְשִׁמְרוּהָ כְּמוֹ דִינִים וְדָתוֹת
וְשִׂימוּ עַל לְבַבְכֶם הַשְּׁבוּעוֹת
 בְּכָרְתֵנוּ פְּנֵי אֵל הַבְּרִיתוֹת
וְאִמְרוּ לַגְּבִיר וּשְׂאוּ שְׁלוֹמִי
 לְאִישׁ, נִיבָיו עֲלֵי לִבּוֹ חֲרוּתוֹת:
הֲשָׁכַחְתָּ בְּרִיתִי יוֹם פְּרִידוֹת
 וְלֹא תִזְכֹּר קְרִיעַת הַכְּסָתוֹת
בְּשׁוּבִי אַחֲרֶיךָ רָשׁ וְנִגְרָשׁ
 כְּאִישׁ נִגְרַשׁ וְשֻלַּח לַעֲנָתוֹת?
יְחָנֵּנוּ וְיִתְעַשֵּׁת אֱלֹהִים
 לְהִקָּבֵץ בְּטֶרֶם יוֹם תְּמוּתוֹת.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Be-ḥayeikhéim ‘aduméi ha-sefatót
‘Ashér mashkú levaví ba-ʕavatót
Penú ‘elái ve-zikhrú ‘ahavatí
Ve-shimrúha kemó diním ve-datót
Ve-símu ʕal levavkhém ha-shevuʕót
Bekhortéinu penéi ‘eil ha-beritót
Ve-‘imrú la-gevír u-se’ú shelomí
Le-‘ísh, niváv ʕaléi libo ḥarutót:
Ha-shakháḥta berití yom peridót
Ve-ló tizkór qeriʕát ha-kesatót
Be-shuví ‘aḥarékha rash ve-nigrásh
Ke-‘ísh nigrash ve-shuláḥ la-ʕanatót?
Yeḥanéinu ve-yitʕashéit ‘elohím
Lehiqabéitz be-térem yom temutót.

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