It Is A Fearful Thing, To Love What Death Can Touch
By Judah Halevi
Judah Halevi was a Jewish poet, living in Spain about a thousand years ago. The translation of his beautiful poem has been attributed to Chaim Stern, around 1930.
It’s a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing to love, hope, dream: to be — to be, and oh! to lose.
A thing for fools this, and a holy thing, a holy thing to love.
For your life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was a gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy. It’s a human thing, love, a holy thing, to love what death has touched.