Feb 232016

Yehuda ha-Levi (1075? – 1141?)
The Beauty Who Gilds Her Adornments

The beauty who gilds her adornments
with the light from the strand ’round her neck –
myrtles strained to surround the place where she lay
for they yearned for the scent of her oils.
How lovely her crimsoning brightness
from under the greens of her clouds –
the moment the sun so ashamed hid its face
it sent clouds so they’d cover her own.

יהודה הלוי / يهوذا اللاوي
יפה תייפה שהרוניה

יָפָה תְיַפֶּה שַׂהֲרֹנֶיהָ
אוֹר הָעֲנָק מִצַּוְרֹנֶיהָ
סַבּוּ הֲדַסִּים אֶת מְסִבָּתָהּ
כּי חָמְדוּ רֵיחַ שְׁמָנֶיהָ
יָפוּ אֲדַמְדַּמֵּי מְאוֹרֶיהָ
תַּחַת יְרַקְרַקֵּי עֲנָנֶיהֶ
חַמָּה בְּעֵת הִתְעַלְּמָה שָׂמָה
עָבוֹת מְקוֹם עָבוֹת לְפָנֶיהָ.י

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