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The Poetry and Prose of Yehudah ha-Levi

A poem by Yehudah ha-Levi

Time-servers are the cowering slaves of slaves,
Alone on earth, who serves the Lord is free,
Each soul shall win the gift that it most craves;
Seek God, my soul — God shall your portion be!

Based on the translation by Solomon Solis-Cohen that's reproduced on pages 376-377 of A Treasury of Jewish Poetry: From Biblical Times to the Present, edited by Nathan and Marynn Ausubel (Crown Publishers, 1957).

The American Jews Nathan Ausubel (1898-1986) and Marynn Ausubel (1912-1980) were married to each other.