The Hour

by Samuel ha Nagid

English version by Leon J. Weinberger
Original Language Hebrew

She said: “Be happy that God has helped you reach
The age of fifty in this world,” not knowing
That to me there is no difference between my life's
Past and that of Noah about whom I heard.
For me there is only the hour in which I am present in this world:
It stays for a moment and then like a cloud moves on.

-- from Jewish Prince in Moslem Spain: Selected Poems of Samuel Ibn Nagrela, Translated by Leon J. Weinberger

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Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems
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The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492
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Jewish Prince in Moslem Spain: Selected Poems of Samuel Ibn Nagrela
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The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
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The Hour