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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Wine Song
By Judah Al-Harizi (Trans. I. A.)
 
DEAR friend, beneath this spreading tree
  Where flitting shadows come and go,
With myrtles crowned and roses we
  The joys of wine will freely know.
 
Drink wisdom in with every draught,        5
  In wine shalt thou discover here
Thy inner fires, thy mental craft,
  Increasing with each passing year.
 
The thousand years of this our earth
  To God are but short lasting hours;        10
A moment’s death, a moment’s birth,
  To God is one long year of ours.
 
Ah! would that I might live and laugh
  Through one God-year a thousand fold;
That I, forever young might quaff        15
  Oceans of wine that e’er grows old.
 
 
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