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|Rabbi Shlomo ibn Gabirol: My Soul Shall Declare|
The 4th of Iyar is the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shlomo ibn Gabirol of Malaga, Spain. He died on April 21,1021.
MY SOUL SHALL DECLARE
My soul shall declare to You, You are her former
Of You she shall own and affirm, hand uplifted,
She serves You as handmaid while yet in the body,
She was Yours when unborn before the day of her breathing,
Her gaze is to You, and in You is her hope
To You let her pour out her tears as drink-offering,
She must ever approach You as servant his master,
For call You she must, nor endure to be silent,
For You she must pine and of You make entreaty,
Behold her affliction, and hark to her weeping,
Bemock, O Almighty, the foes that bemock her,
No enemy came, whose reproach could be borne with,
I ever am seeking my body’s best welfare,