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1.sig_-_Before_I_was,_Thy_mercy_came_to_me
1.sig_-_Come_to_me_at_dawn,_my_beloved,_and_go_with_me
1.sig_-_Ecstasy
1.sig_-_Humble_of_Spirit
1.sig_-_I_look_for_you_early
1.sig_-_I_Sought_Thee_Daily
1.sig_-_Lord_of_the_World
1.sig_-_Rise_and_open_the_door_that_is_shut
1.sig_-_The_Sun
1.sig_-_Thou_art_One
1.sig_-_Thou_art_the_Supreme_Light
1.sig_-_Thou_Livest
1.sig_-_Where_Will_I_Find_You
1.sig_-_Who_can_do_as_Thy_deeds
1.sig_-_Who_could_accomplish_what_youve_accomplished
1.sig_-_You_are_wise_(from_From_Kingdoms_Crown)

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1.sig_-_Before_I_was,_Thy_mercy_came_to_me
1.sig_-_Come_to_me_at_dawn,_my_beloved,_and_go_with_me
1.sig_-_Ecstasy
1.sig_-_Humble_of_Spirit
1.sig_-_I_look_for_you_early
1.sig_-_I_Sought_Thee_Daily
1.sig_-_Lord_of_the_World
1.sig_-_Rise_and_open_the_door_that_is_shut
1.sig_-_The_Sun
1.sig_-_Thou_art_One
1.sig_-_Thou_art_the_Supreme_Light
1.sig_-_Thou_Livest
1.sig_-_Where_Will_I_Find_You
1.sig_-_Who_can_do_as_Thy_deeds
1.sig_-_Who_could_accomplish_what_youve_accomplished
1.sig_-_You_are_wise_(from_From_Kingdoms_Crown)

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1:A tiny fly can choke a big man. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
2:Drink poison rather than worry. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
3:Faith is the summit of the Torah. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
4:The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
5:A wise man's questions contain half the answer. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
6:Misfortune may become fortune through patience. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
7:Riches bring anxiety; wisdom gives peace of mind. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
8:One is punished by the very things by which he sins. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
9:Worry over what has not occurred is a serious malady. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
10:Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
11:My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
12:Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
13:All men have one entrance into life, and the like going out. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
14:As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
15:The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
16:I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
17:Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
18:A man’s mind is hidden in his writings: criticism brings it to light. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
19:Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
20:Your secret is your prisoner; once you reveal it, you become its slave. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
21:If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, don't disclose it to your friend. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
22:As long as a word remains unspoken, you are its master; once you utter it, you are its slave. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
23:Man is wise only while in search of wisdom; when he imagines he has attained it, he is a fool. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
24:The Sage was asked to define good manners? to which he replied, To bear patiently the rude ones. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
25:A wise man's question contains half the answer. Unfortunately the other 50% is harder to come by! ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
26:Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
27:The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
28:And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature; and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
29:There are three types of friends: those like food without which you can't live those like medicine which you need occasionally and those like an illness which you never want. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
30:There are four types of men in this world: 1. The man who knows, and knows that he knows; he is wise, so consult him. 2. The man who knows, but doesn't know that he knows; help him not forget what he knows. 3. The man who knows not, and knows that he knows not; teach him. 4. Finally, there is the man who knows not but pretends that he knows; he is a fool, so avoid him. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
31:I look for you early, my rock and my refuge, offering you worship morning and night; before your vastness I come confused and afraid for you see the thoughts of my heart. What could the heart and tongue compose, or spirit's strength within me to suit you? But song soothes you and so I'll give praise to your being as long as your breath-in-me moves.

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, I look for you early

32:Like a bridegroom the sun Dons his robe that is spun Of light, Which from Thee emanated Yet in no wise abated Thy light. Taught to go westward round With obeisance profound To his Lord, He by service so loyal To a master so royal Is a lord. While his homage each day Serves to mark and display Thy glory, 'Tis Thy hand that investeth The robe on which resteth His glory.

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, The Sun

33:My thoughts astounded asked me why Towards the whirling wheels on high In ecstasy I rush and fly. The living God is my desire, It carries me on wings of fire, Body and soul to Him aspire. God is at once my joy and fate, This yearning me He did create, At thought of Him I palpitate. Shall song with all its loveliness Submerge my soul with happiness Before the God of Gods it bless?

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Ecstasy

34:Thou livest, but not from determined time or known epoch. Thou livest, but not with soul or breath, for Thou art soul of the soul. Thou livest, but not as the life of man that is like vanity, its end in moths and worms. Thou livest, and whoever attains Thy secret will find eternal delight -- "and eat, and live for ever." [1568.jpg] -- from The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, by Joseph Dan

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Thou Livest

35:Humble of spirit, lowly of knee and stature, But in fear and awe abounding, I come before Thee. And in Thy presence to myself appear As a little earth-worm. O Thou, who fillest the earth and whose greatness is endless, Shall one like me laud Thee, And how shall he honour Thee? The angels of heaven do not suffice, How then one like me? Thou hast wrought good and hast magnified mercies, Wherefore the soul shall magnify praise of Thee.

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Humble of Spirit

36:I have sought Thee daily at dawn and twilight, I have stretched my hands to Thee, turned my face, Now the cry of a heart athirst I will utter, Like the beggar who cries at my door for grace. The infinite heights are too small to contain Thee, Yet perchance Thou canst niche in the clefts of me. Shall my heart not treasure the hope to gain Thee, Or my yearning fail till my tongue's last plea? Nay, surely Thy name I will worship, while breath in my nostrils be.

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, I Sought Thee Daily

37:Rise and open the door that is shut, and send to me the roe that is fled. The day of his coming he shall lie all night between my breasts there his good smell shall rest upon me. How looks thy beloved, O lovely bride, that thou sayest to me 'Take him and send him!' Is he beautiful, ruddy, and goodly to look on? That is my beloved and my friend! Rise and anoint him! [1482.jpg] -- from Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems, Translated by Bernard Lewis

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Rise and open the door that is shut

38:Thou art the supreme light, and the eyes of the pure soul shall see Thee, and clouds of sin shall hide Thee from the eyes of sinners. Thou art the light hidden in this world and revealed in the world of beauty, "In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen." Thou art the eternal light, and the inward eye yearns for Thee and is astonished -- she shall see but the utmost part of them, and shall not see them all. [1568.jpg] -- from The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, by Joseph Dan

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Thou art the Supreme Light

39:Come to me at dawn, my beloved, and go with me, for my soul thirsts to see the sons of my people. For thee I shall lay golden couches in my chamber I shall spread for thee a table, I shall make ready for thee my bread I shall fill for thee a bowl, from the clusters of my vineyard -- Drink to thy heart's delight, may my taste be pleasing to thee for with thee I shall rejoice, as the scion of my people the son of thy servant Jesse, the prince of Bethlehem. [1482.jpg] -- from Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems, Translated by Bernard Lewis

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Come to me at dawn, my beloved, and go with me

40:Before I was, Thy mercy came to me, inverting void and being Thou madest me to be. Who wrought my image, poured my essence into the crucible and gave me shape? Who breathed a soul into me opened the belly of Sheol and took me out? Who led me from childhood until here? Who taught me to understand, caused me to marvel? Indeed I am clay in Thy hand. Thou didst make me, in truth, not I myself. I shall confess my sins, and not say to Thee "The serpent deceived me and led me astray." How can I hide my guilt from Thee? For indeed before I was, Thy mercy came to me. [1482.jpg] -- from Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems, Translated by Bernard Lewis

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Before I was, Thy mercy came to me

41:Lord of the world, He reigned alone While yet the universe was naught. When by His will all things were wrought. Then first his sovran Name was known. And when the All shall cease to be, In dread lone splendour He shall reign, He was, He is, He shall remain In glorious eternity. For He is one, no second shares His nature or His loneliness; Unending and beginningless, All strength is His, all sway He bears. He is the living God to save, My Rock while sorrow's toils endure, My banner and my stronghold sure, The cup of life whene'er I crave. I place my soul within His palm Before I sleep as when I wake, And though my body I forsake, Rest in the Lord in fearless calm. [1835.jpg] -- from The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, Edited by T. Carmi

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Lord of the World

42:Thou art One, the beginning of all computation, the base of all construction. Thou art One, and in the mystery of Thy Oneness the wise of heart are astonished, for they know not what it is. Thou art One, and Thy Oneness neither diminishes nor increases, neither lacks nor exceeds. Thou art One, but not as the One that is counted or owned, for number and change cannot reach Thee, nor attribute, nor form. Thou art One, but my mind is too feeble to set Thee a law or a limit, and therefore I say: "I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue." Thou art One, and Thou art exalted high above abasement and falling -- not like a man, who falls when he is alone. [1568.jpg] -- from The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, by Joseph Dan

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Thou art One

43:Who can do as Thy deeds, when under the throne of Thy glory Thou madest a place for the spirits of Thy saints? There is the abode of the pure souls, that are bound in the bundle of life. Those who are tired and weary, there will they restore their strength. There shall the weary be at rest, for they are deserving of repose. In it there is delight without end or limitation, for that is the world-to-come. There are stations and visions for the souls that stand by the mirrors assembled, to see the face of the Lord and to be seen, Dwelling in the royal palaces, standing by the royal table, Delighting in the sweetness of the fruit of the Intelligence, which yields royal dainties. This is the repose and the inheritance, whose good and beauty are without limit, and "surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it." [1568.jpg] -- from The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, by Joseph Dan

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Who can do as Thy deeds

44:Who could accomplish what you've accomplished in establishing under the Throne of Glory a level for all who were righteous in spirit? This is the range of pure soul gathered in the bond of all that's vital. For those who've worked to exhaustion -- this is the place of their strength's renewal, where the weary will find repose; these are the children of calm, of pleasure that knows no bound in the mind: this is the World to Come, a place of position and vision for souls that gaze into the mirrors of the palace's servants, before the Lord to see and be seen. They dwell in the halls of the king, and stand alongside his table taking delight in the sweetness of intellect's fruit which offers them majesty's savor. This is the rest and inheritance that knows no bounds in its goodness and beauty, flowing with milk and honey; this is its fruit and deliverance. [2610.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, Edited by Peter Cole

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Who could accomplish what youve accomplished

45:You are wise, and wisdom is a fountain and source of life welling up from within you, and men are too coarse to know you. You are wise, and prime to all that's primeval, as though you were wisdom's tutor. You are wise, but your wisdom wasn't acquired and didn't derive from another. You are wise, and your wisdom gave rise to an endless desire in the world as within an artist or worker -- to bring out the stream of existence from Nothing, like light flowing from sight's extension -- drawing from the source of that light without vessel, giving it shape without tools, hewing and carving, refining and making it pure: He called to Nothing -- which split; to existence -- pitched like a tent; to the world -- as it spread beneath sky. With desire's span He established the heavens, as His hand coupled the tent of the planets with loops of skill, weaving creation's pavilions, the links of His will reaching the lowest rung of creation -- the curtain at the outermost edge of the spheres... [2610.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, Edited by Peter Cole

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, You are wise (from From Kingdoms Crown)

46:Where, Lord, will I find you: your place is high and obscured. And where won't I find you: your glory fills the world. You dwell deep within -- you've fixed the ends of creation. You stand, a tower for the near, refuge to those far off. You've lain above the Ark, here, yet live in the highest heavens. Exalted among your hosts, although beyond their hymns -- no heavenly sphere could ever contain you, let alone a chamber within. In being home above them on an exalted throne, you are closer to them than their breath and skin. Their mouths bear witness for them that you alone gave them form. Your kingdom's burden in theirs; who wouldn't fear you? And who could fail to search for you -- who sends down food when it is due? I sought your nearness. With all my heart I called you. And in my going out to meet you, I found you coming toward me, as in the wonders of your might and holy works I saw you. Who would say he hasn't seen your glory as the heavens' hordes declare their awe of you without a sound being heard? But could the Lord, in truth, dwell in men on earth? How would men you made from the dust and clay fathom your presence there, enthroned upon their praise? The creatures hovering over the world praise your wonders -- your throne borne high above their heads, as you beat all forever. [2610.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, Edited by Peter Cole

~ Solomon ibn Gabirol, Where Will I Find You


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