Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 24, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Admonition

by Abul Hassan Judah Ben Halevi  (11th cent).

 

Admonition

 

Long in the lap of childhood didst thou sleep,

Think how thy youth like chaff did disappear;

Shall life’s sweet Spring forever last?  Look up,

Old age approaches ominously near.

Oh shake thou off the world, even as the bird                         5

Shakes off the midnight dew that clogged his wings.

Soar upward, seek redemption from thy guilt

And from the earthly dross that round thee clings.

Draw near to God, His holy angels know,

For whom His bounteous streams of mercy flow.                  10

 

(Transl. by Emma Lazarus)

 

Notes:

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=643&letter=J

http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/khz/index.htm

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