sefarad

Sephardic music

'La Serena''

see website

 


Old music traditions show us where we come from, rich treasures we have inherited!

Listen to these beautiful songs - click onto the text!


serenasong


Solomongabirol

Poem of a wonderful

hebrew 'Sufi'

Solomon Ibn Gabirol (1021-1058)

from Malaga - read more about him - click here

Before I was

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.

serenasong