Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of Hayim Nahman Bialik

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Hayim Nahman Bialik is considered one of the greatest Hebrew poets of modern times. As he possessed a thorough command of Hebrew and the unusual ability to use fully the resources of the language, his literary career is touted as a turning point in modern Hebrew literature. He greatly influenced and, to a large degree, anticipated the Hebrew spoken in modern Israel.

Several poems, particularly his immensely popular children's verse, has been set to music. He is considered ...

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Overview

Hayim Nahman Bialik is considered one of the greatest Hebrew poets of modern times. As he possessed a thorough command of Hebrew and the unusual ability to use fully the resources of the language, his literary career is touted as a turning point in modern Hebrew literature. He greatly influenced and, to a large degree, anticipated the Hebrew spoken in modern Israel.

Several poems, particularly his immensely popular children's verse, has been set to music. He is considered Israel's national poet. Until now there has been little academic attention in English about Bialik's work; Hadari's new translation of a selection of his major work fills that void.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Translator's Note
Hayim Nahman Bialik's Poetry: An Introduction
City of the Killings 1
Stand Strong, Wall of Sorrow 10
On the Slaughter 11
I Knew in a Night of Fog 12
Night Thoughts 13
To the Legend 15
King David's Tomb 17
My Mother, Her Memory Be Blessed 18
My Father 20
Alone 23
If the Angel Asks 24
Before the Book Closet 26
They Are Shaking Themselves Off from Dust 29
Prophet, Go Flee! 30
My Soul Bows 31
I Was Not Given Light
I Sowed to the Wind My Sigh 33
Dusk 34
The Tear Drop Dropped
The Sea of Silence 36
Butterfly 37
Ring Ring 39
Yesterday's Stems 40
Nobody Knew Who She Was 41
You Two Eyes 44
It Was a Summer Night
Tonight I Lurked 47
Only One Ray 48
Her Eyes 49
The Hungry Eyes 51
Take Me In under Your Wing 52
Where Are You 53
You Are Going from Me 54
To Your Hidden Way 56
If There Comes a Day When You Shall Find 57
After My Death 59
With the Last Red Dregs of Sunset 61
God Did Not Show 62
When I Return 64
Summer Is Waning 65
Stars Wink and Go Out 66
Sometimes the Heart 67
A New Way 68
Not in the Day nor in the Night 69
My Peacock of Gold 70
A Golden Carriage 71
On Has a Precious Stone 72
One Finds Dinars 74
One, Two 75
I've a Garden 76
Between the River Prat and Stream Hidkel 78
A Little Note 81
A Penny, A Penny 83
If Satan ... 84
Outside the Countenance of God 85
In False Promises Don't Trust 86
A Twig Fell 87
And Whoever He Be Who Comes After 88
Who Am I and What Am I 90
That I Could Be One of You 91
One by One and with No One Seeing 93
Be to Me Once More a Shelter 97
Your Breath Passed upon My Face 98
Speech 100
And It Came to Pass 102
Even In His Revelation to Your Eyes 104
In Me There Nest Snakes and Adders 105
Call for the Snakes 106
Indeed This People is Grass 108
On Your Heart That's Barren 110
[Untitled] 111
Secrets of Night 112
One Distant Star 116
Graveyard 118
On a Day of Summer, Hot Day 119
At Close of Day 121
A Faithful Tear 123
Midnight Prayer 124
Songs of Winter 126
On the Morning Star 134
The Conductor of the Dance 137
The Pool 140
The Scroll of Fire 146
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