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The Poetry and Prose of Yehudah ha-Levi

A Love Song
A poem by Yehudah ha-Levi

"Do you see over my shoulders falling,
Snake-like ringlets waving free?
Have no fear, for they are twisted
To allure you unto me."

Thus she spoke, the gentle dove,
Listen to your plighted love:
"Oh, how long I wait, till my sweetheart comes back," she said,
"Laying his caressing hand underneath my burning head."

"A Love Song" was made into a song by composer David Rubenstein and recorded at a concert performed by Ensemble a la Carte.

Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi, by Franz Rosenzweig