Shlomo ibn Gabirol

(1021-1055 / Spain)

For The Day Of Memorial - Poem by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

The seeker of good shall acceptance find
From the God whose glory is boundless,
If he turn unto Him with repentant mind,
And sackcloth on both of his shoulders bind
By way of memorial.

So come and return to our God on high
Who fashioned the uttermost heavens,
Let your songs of praise to His footstool fly
And thank Him to-night in a choral cry
By way of memorial.

O King of the Kingdom that hails Thy name
Since first to the void Thou spakest,
Evoking the light that from darkness came,
Accept this plea to expunge my shame
As rite of memorial.

Prepare, O Israel, to meet Thy God,
Let every man seek to find ransom,
Remove the evil at which ye nod,
Cleanse ye and wash ye or dread His rod
This day of memorial.

Translated by Israel Zangwill

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

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