Samuel HaNagid: In Your Time of Grief (From Medieval Hebrew)

In Your Time Of Grief
By Samuel HaNagid
Translated by A.Z. Foreman
Click to hear me recite the original Hebrew

In your time of grief, hold up your heart,
Even if you stand at slaughter's doors. 
The candle, before flickering out, flares up,
And the lion with a stab-wound roars.

The Original:


בְּעִתּוֹת עָצְבְּךָ חַזֵּק לְבָבָךְ,
וְאִם תַּעְמֹד עֲלֵי שַׁעַר הֲרֵגָה:
לְנֵר – מָאוֹר בְּטֶרֶם הַדְּעִיכָה,
וְלִכְפִירִים מְדֻקָּרִים – שְׁאָגָה.


Romanization:

Bĭˁittoθ ˁaṣbăxa ħazzeq lăbabax
Wĭ'im taˁmoð ˁăle šaˁar hăreɣa:
Lăner - ma'or băṭerem haddĭˁixa
Wĭlixfirim măðuqqarim - šă'aɣa. 

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