Feb 042015

Shmuel ha-Nagid (993 – 1056?)
Whenever One Requires My Aid

Whenever one requires my aid
As if for his king are his words of praise;
But if ever I should call on him
With jeers and scorn am I repaid!

שמואל הנגיד / إسماعيل بن النغريلة
אשר צריך

אֲשֶׁר צָרִיךְ לְעֶזְרָתִי
כְּמוֹ מַלְכּוֹ יְרַצֵּנִי
וְיִלְעַג לִי אֲשֶׁר צָרִיךְ
אֲנִי אֵלָיו וְיִבְזֵנִי.


‘Ashér tzaríkh le-ʕezratí
Kemó malkó yeratzéini
Ve-yilʕág li ‘ashér tzaríkh
‘Aní ‘eiláv ve-yivzéini.

  2 Responses to “Shmuel ha-Nagid, “Asher Tzarikh””

  1. Very evocative of “דוד, יום קראתיהו”

  2. That’s what I was thinking when I translated it…

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