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Yehudah HaLevi

(1075 - 1141 / Andulusia)

My Sweetheart's Dainty Lips


My sweetheart's dainty lips are red,
With ruby's crimson overspread;
Her teeth are like a string of pearls;
Down her neck her clustering curls
In ebony hue vie with the night,
And over her features dances light.

The twinkling stars enthroned above
Are sisters to my dearest love.
We men should count it joy complete
To lay our service at her feet.
But oh what rapture is her kiss!
A forecast 'tis of heavenly bliss!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Saturday, May 07, 2011

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