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The Poetry and Prose of Yehudah ha-Levi

The Mirror
A poem by Yehudah ha-Levi

Into my eyes he lovingly looked,
My arms about his neck were twined,
And in the mirror of my eyes,
What but his image did he find?

Upon my dark-hued eyes he pressed
His lips with breath of passion rare.
The rogue! 'Twas not my eyes he kissed;
He kissed his picture mirrored there.

Based on the translation by Emma Lazarus that's reproduced on page 45 of A Treasury of Jewish Poetry: From Biblical Times to the Present, edited by Nathan and Marynn Ausubel (Crown Publishers, 1957).

"The Mirror" was made into a song by composer David Rubenstein and recorded at a concert performed by Ensemble a la Carte.