© by Leibu Levin (1914 - 1983)
Translation © by Hadassah Haskale

Viglid far dir
Language: Yiddish (יידיש)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Kum tsu mir, ikh vel dikh vign,
aynvign in ru.
Vest nisht veynen, ruik lign --
makh di oygn tsu.

Kh'vel fun mayne hor dir flekhtn
a vigl -- vi a mol.
Vest fargesn tsar fun nekhtn,
khaloymes zen on tsol.

Zoln mayne oygn dir
a blishtshendik shpilekhl zayn.
Mayne lipn shenk ikh dir --
trink dikh in zey ayn.


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Hadassah Haskale) , title 1: "Lullaby for you", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ruth Levin

This text was added to the website: 2007-09-22
Line count: 12
Word count: 57

Lullaby for you
Language: English  after the Yiddish (יידיש) 
Come to me, I'll rock you gently
Rock you lulled to sleep.
Done with crying, you'll lie still --
Close your eyes in sleep.

From my hair I'll weave for you
A cradle -- as of yore.					
Yesterday's cares you'll soon forget
While dreaming more and more.

These, my eyes, are yours, to be
A sparkling toy in your keep.   
And my lips I give to you --
Take them, drink your fill.


  • Translation from Yiddish (יידיש) to English copyright © 2007 by Hadassah Haskale, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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  • a text in Yiddish (יידיש) by Leibu Levin (1914 - 1983), copyright © by Ruth Levin, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2007-09-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 70