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שַׁחַר אֲבַקֶּשְׁךָ | Shaḥar Avaqeshkha (At dawn I seek you), a reshut by Shlomo ibn Gabirol (ca. 11th c.) translated by Nina Salaman (1901)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39123 שַׁחַר אֲבַקֶּשְׁךָ | Shaḥar Avaqeshkha (At dawn I seek you), a reshut by Shlomo ibn Gabirol (ca. 11th c.) translated by Nina Salaman (1901) 2021-09-21 10:46:07 The reshut for praying at dawn, in Hebrew with English translation. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Nina Davis Salaman (translation) Shlomo ibn Gabirol https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Baqashot Dawn פיוטים piyyutim 11th century C.E. 49th century A.M. rhyming translation רשות reshut Needing Source Images
Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)
שַׁחַר אֲבַקֶּשְׁךָ
צוּרִי וּמִשְׂגַּבִּי
אֶעְרֺךְ לְפָנֶיךָ שַׁחְרִי
וְגַם עַרְבִּי
At the dawn I seek thee,
Refuge, rock sublime;
Set my prayer before thee in the morning,
And my prayer at eventime.
לִפְנֵי גְדֻלָּתְךָ
אֶעְמֹד וְאֶבָּהֵל
כִּי עֵינְךָ תִּרְאֶה
כָל מַחְשְׁבוֹת לִבִּי
I before thy greatness
Stand and am afraid:
All my secret thoughts thine eye beholdeth
Deep within my bosom laid.
מַה זֶּה
אֲשֶׁר יוּכַל הַלֵּב וְהַלָּשׁוֹן
לַעְשׂוֹת וּמַה כֹּחַ
רוּחִי בְּתוֹךְ קִרְבִּי
And withal what is it
Heart and tongue can do?
What is this my strength, and what is even
This the spirit in me too?
הִנֵּה לְךָ תִּיטַב זִמְרַת אֱנוֹשׁ
עַל כֵּן
אוֹדְךָ בְּעוֹד תִּהְיֶה
נִשְׁמַת אֱלֹהַּ בִּי
But indeed man’s singing
May seem good to thee;
So I praise thee, singing, while there dwelleth
Yet the breath of God in me.

The invocation: “At the Dawn I seek thee,” was written by Solomon Ibn Gabirol, who lived in Spain in the 11th century. As is shown by the last words of this poem, it was intended immediately to precede that early passage in the morning prayer which begins “O my God, the soul which thou gavest me is pure” (אלהי נשמה). It will be noted that the initial letters of the poem form an acrostic on the author’s name, Solomon (שלמה). The English version here printed is by Mrs R. N. Salaman. –Israel Abrahams

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