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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

The Earth in Spring

By Judah Halevi (c. 1075–1141)

Translation of Edward G. King

THEN, day by day, her broidered gown

She changes for fresh wonder;

A rich profusion of gay robes

She scatters all around her.

From day to day her flowers’ tints

Change quick, like eyes that brighten;

Now white, like pearl, now ruby red,

Now emerald green they’ll lighten.

She turns all pale; from time to time

Red blushes quick o’er-cover;

She’s like a fair fond bride that pours

Warm kisses on her lover.

The beauty of her bursting spring

So far exceeds my telling,

Methinks sometimes she pales the stars

That have in heaven their dwelling.