Selected Religious Poems of Solomon Ibn...

Solomon Ibn Gabirol was not only a great poet, but also a great philosopher. His vision was broad and his penetration keen. This volume of translations from this rare singer of the Ghetto limits itself to such of his poems as have been incorporated in or designed for the liturgy of the Synagogue.

INTRODUCTION xvii to make the verses yield up some facts of his life so that these facts, in turn, may help us under-stand his verses. Under these circumstances, the life of Solomon ibn Gabirol must remain obscure in parts. Still we may succeed in drawing a pic-ture in which the salient features of our poet shall stand out clear and distinct in spite of the shadows of uncertainty here and there. To be-gin with, we must deal with the outstanding facts of Gabirol’s  life. Solomon ibn Gabirol was born in Malaga, 1  a town in the south of Spain, sometime during the period covering  the end of 1021 and the beginning of 1022.2  His father Ju-dah hailed from Cordova3  whence he is sup-posed to have emigrated to Malaga during the political upheaval of 1013. As far as we can gather from the poems of his son, he must have been a scholar and a man of considerable repute, for Gabirol often signs himself ( a sign of distinction for the father) and in one of his po-ems speaks of him  as the “ ornament of the world” ( ). 4  From the conclusion of the same poem in which he speaks of his father’s death, we learn that his father must have been the last of his near relations to depart from life. “ Enough,” he says, “ my fears have come true, but my soul will see no further misfortune.” 5 That Solomon ibn Gabirol was left an orphan   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Selected Religious Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol


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