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23 THE ALEXANDRIAN SPRING

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by Joseph Yahalom
23 THE ALEXANDRIAN SPRING As we have seen, many poems that did not fit the Cairene line were excluded from the classical H ˙ iyya diwan. Since this diwan and its repeated reediting had been the primary source which stood before Yeshu‘ a, the last compiler of all previous editions, we too have been limited in our reading of different works from Halevi’s Alexandrian period. The Cairo diwan is far more extensively documented in terms of copies and repeated editions than any other diwan and whatH ˙ iyya was unable, or unwilling, to include might have never reached us if not for the discovery of fragments of an early diwan now available in the Firkovich collection of Hebrew manuscripts preserved in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg. Another source which has served to set aright the somewhat distorted picture has been the Arabic autograph epistles. From one such letter recently uncovered in which the poet writes to Halfon ( Document 41), emerge Halevi’s own agonizing deliberations con-cerning his loyalty to al-‘ Ammani and Alexandria. Halevi depicts here the warm relations with the community which had completely won him over. At the same time he stresses how his own participation in the celebrations in his honor had been merely perfunctory: “ The community had been decent and respectful and welcoming and friendly and admiring and full of high talk and good manners and waxing with praise to an extent that embarrassed me. And I participated from the outside, but I knew within myself that deep within me the matter was a great burden for me. For I did not page TOC Home

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