SAPARI

Heavy Metal Yemenite Song 
By Shlomit Levi & Orphaned Land 

Written in the 17th century by Sa'adya be Amaram.

SAPARI

 

סַפְּרִי תַמָּה תְמִימָה סַפְּרִי נָגִיל בְּתֵימָא 
בַּת מְלָכִים הַחֲכָמָה אָן מְקוֹמֵךְ סַפְּרִי לִי 
עָנְתָה יוֹנָה סְעַדְיָה לִי בְּפַלְטֵרִין עֲלִיָּה 
וַאֲנִי תּוֹךְ לֵב אֳנִיָּה בַּיְּפִי עוֹטָה מְעִילִי

It soared from the ark the dove within me
It sings forever, it flies free
I call to thee my torch in darkness, thou art born
Ornaments of gold shine so bright
You are the way, you are the light
I dwell in this my shelter and thy birth do I foresee

 

Translation:

(The Poet)Tell me, pure and perfect one,
tell me so that we may rejoice here in taima -
O wise princess, tell me where do you make your home?
(The Dove) Saadiah, there is a high chamber reserved for me in the palace.
But though I could robe myself in beauty my heart is full of lamentation


 

 

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