Sunday, 19 August 2018

My heart seeth Thee - Yehudah HaLevi

My thoughts awaken me with Thy name
And set Thy mercies before me—
They teach me of the soul Thou hast formed
Bound up within me; it is wonderful in mine eyes!
And my heart seeth Thee and has faith in Thee
As though it had stood by at Sinai.
I have sought Thee in my visions, and there passed
Thy glory by me, descending in my clouds.
My musings have roused me from my couch
To bless Thy glorious name, O Lord.

Yehudah HaLevi (1075 - 1141) Spain
Translated by Ephraim Hazan
Source: Ephraim Hazan, 'I asked about a Hasid, not a ruler' in Studies in Medieval Jewish Poetry: A Message Upon the Garden edited by Alessandro Guetta, Masha Itzhaki, Brill, 2009, p. 252

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