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.

xviii INTRODUCTION early in life may be gathered from another poem in which he says: “ Grieved, without mother or father, inexperienced, lonely and poor, I am alone without a brother  and without friends, save my own thoughts.” 6  The order of the words “ without mother or father” is not required by the meter and we should expect to find the  biblical usage of mentioning the father first. 7  Hence, we may bring this as an additional argument  that his mother died first and his father later. 8  The same verse states also that he had no brothers. It is therefore safe to assume that, when his fa-ther died, he was left without kith or kin. In Malaga he remained only during his child-hood. His formative years he spent in Saragos-sa. For this we have the evidence of Moses ibn Ezra, in his well- known Arabic work “ Al- Mu-hadarahwal-  Mudhakarah” ( Discussions andMemoirs). 9  It is possible that his father migrated to Saragossa and took his son with him, or that, on the death of his father, he was taken by some friend to Saragossa, which was then an important center of Jewish culture. It was the seat of Jonah ibn Ganah, Joseph ibn Hasdai and a host of other scholars. It was also the seat of a prominent man by the name of Yekutiel who would have remained unknown in Jewish history but for the fact that he befriended the   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

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