Original Text: Rabbi Yehuda Halevi (1075-1141)
Music: Yinon Ne’eman, Additions: Gideon Efrati
Shall I not to thy very stones be tender?
Shall not thine earth upon my lips
Taste sweeter than honey to me?
Beautiful height! O Joy! The world’s gladness!
Great King’s city, mountain blessed!
My soul is yearning unto thee–from the limits of the west.
My heart is in the East, yet I am at the far reaches of the West.
How can I taste that which I eat
And how shall I savour it?
And who shall grant me, on the wings of eagles,
To rise and seek thee through the years,
Until I mingle with thy dust beloved,
The waters of my tears?
My soul is yearning unto thee from the limits of the west.
Beautiful height! O joy! The world’s gladness
O great King’s city, mountain blessed!
Translated by Nina Salman