Why Are You Working In A Dust Cloud?
Recited by Ḥājj Dākōn and recorded by Sam Liebhaber at home, al-Ghaydha, January 27, 2004.
|1) hēt wkoh brek ezēḫī // w-be-ḥḥarḳ tedwīrī||Why are you in a dust cloud // working in the heat?|
|2) hēśen heh ysūl ettābeš // tē men śōneh tʾāṭṭīrī||What is he who equals your discomfort // for whose sake do you tire yourself?|
|3) ḥamš ār brēk ehhōla // wel ḥamš teztəwīrī||I would like you in the shade // I don’t want you to be concerned [with anything],|
|4) b-ʾālē men emǧawles // hel tśīnī w-tʾābīrī||Sitting in the loftiest spot at the gathering // where you can see [all] and gaze [at everything],|
|5) źār [sic: ṯ̣ār] ḳṭōyef we-mdawkī // līhem kel thōmīrī||On cushions and pillows // they have all that you command.|
|6) ġābī meddəwīr l-ġeyreš // w-ān ʾamerš le meġtīrī||Leave work for someone other than you // and if you say “no,” I’ll speak [to them],|
|7) ʾamrōna sēhel līhem // lerwīḥem le-ʾamīrī||Saying: “It’d be so easy for them // to give my princess a break.”|
|8) ġabh lezyēd eġalleh // ked ḥatteś we-ḏ-ġeyrī||Let him increase his resentment // whoever is angry and those who are jealous.|
|9) misk we-dḫōn ḫlēṭī // we-ʾawīśī we-ftəḫeyrī||Musk and the incense of the ḫlēṭī-branch // show your beauty and be proud,|
|10) we-lbīsī men eġōlī // līhem lād tšeḫbīrī||Wear only expensive clothes // you’ll never have to ask about them again.|
|11) tē w-lū ʾamūrem ḥeywel // we-ḳlūb mlōyem ṯ̣eyrī||Even if they told me I was out of my mind // and began to put blame on me,|
|12) hēt ʾaǧēbeš ḫeś eǧawfī // źeybeṭ ʾaḳlī w-tefkīrī||Love for you has pierced my chest // and taken away my reason and mind.|