Dror Yikra l'ven im bat
V'yintsorchem k'mo vavat.
Na'im shimchem velo yushbat.
Sh'vu venuchu
b'yom Shabbat.

D'rosh navi v'ulami
Va'ot yesha ase imi
Neta sorek b'toch karmi
She'e shav'at b'nei ami.

Dror pora b'toch botsra
Vegam bavel asher gavra
Netots tsarai be'af evra
Sh'ma koli beyom ekra.

Elohim ten bamidbar har
Hadas, shita brosh tidhar.
Velamazhir velanizhar
Shlomim ten k'mei nahar.

Hadof kamai el kana
B'mog Levav uvimgina
V'narchiv pe unemalei'ina
L'shoneinu l'cha rina.

De'ei chochma lenafshecha
Vehi keter l'roshecha
N'tsor mitsvat kdoshecha
Shmor Shabbat kodshecha.

He will proclaim freedom for all his children
And will keep you as the apple of his eye
Pleasant is your name and will not be destroyed
Repose and rest on the Sabbath day.

Seek my sanctuary and my home.
Give me a sign of deliverance.
Plant a vine in my vineyard.
Look to my people, hear their laments.

Tread the wine-press in Bozrah,
And in Babylon that city of might
Crush my enemies in anger and fury.
On the day when I cry, hear my voice.

Plant, Oh God, in the mountain waste
Fir and acacia, myrtle and elm
Give those who teach and those who obey
Abundance peace, like the flow of a river.

Repel my enemies, Oh zealous God.
Fill their hearts with fear and despair.
Then we shall open our mouths,
And fill our tongues with Your praise.

Know wisdom, that your soul may live,
And it shall be a diadem for your brow.
Keep the commandment of your Holy One
Observe the Sabbath, your sacred day.


Hebrew words

MUSIC Yemenite Folk
SINGER Boaz Sharabi
CD At Li Laila   Track 17
DANCE CHOREOGRAPHER Eliyahu Gamliel   1970
The source book is "Bekol Ram" pages 22-23
The Shiron of the former Youth & Hechalutz Dept, WZO, Jerusalem
(now Education Dept, JAFI) Year not specified.
Selected and prepared for publication by Uri Cohen and Zvi Ben-Porat

This book is no longer published, nor is available for purchase. Limited copies in libraries worldwide.
Further References:
Hebrew text with [English] background and commentary 
About the author, Dunash ibn Labrat, and the era 
Hebrew poetry in Muslim Spain
Sheet music (pdf)
Media file
All references courtesy of The Pedagogic Center,
The Dept for Jewish Zionist Education, JAFI

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