Song of a Hebrew


Working is another way of praying

You plant in Israel the soul of a tree.

You plant in the desert the spirit of gardens.


Praying is another way of singing.

You plant in the tree the soul of lemons.

You plant in the gardens the spirit of roses.


Singing is another way of loving.

You plant in the lemons the spirit of your son.

You plant in the roses the soul of your daughter.


Loving is another way of living.

You plant in your daughter the spirit of Israel.

You plant in your son the soul of the desert.


Dannie Abse (1923-2014)
Dannie Abse

Four Quartets

6 February 2011

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.


T.S. Eliot

Little Gidding from Four Quartets