Menucha Vesimcha

  
מנוּחָה ושִמחָה

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M’nuha v’simha, or lay’hudim,
Yom shabbaton yom mahamadim.
Shom’rav v’zokh’rav heima m’idim
Ki l’shisha kol b’ru’im v’om’dim.

Sh’mei shamayim, erets v’yamim,
Kol ts’va marom g’vohim v’ramim,
Tanin v’adam v’hayat r’eimim,
Ki v’yah adonai tsur olamim.

Hu asher diber l’am s’gulato,
Shamor l’kad’sho mibo’o v’ad tseito.
Shabbat kodesh, yom hemdato,
Ki vo shavat mikol m’lakhto.

B’mitsvat shabbat eil yahalitsakh.
Kum k’ra eilav yahish l’am’tsakh
Nishmat kol hai v’gam na’aritsakh,
Ekhol b’simha ki kh’var ratsakh.

B’mishneh lehem v’kiddush raba,
B’rov mat’amim v’ruah n’diva,
Yizku l’rav tuv hamit’an’gim bah
B’viat go’eil l’hayei ha’olam haba.
מְנוּחָה וְשִׂמְחָה אוֹר לַיְּהוּדִים,
יוֹם שַׁבָּתוֹן יוֹם מַחֲמַדִּים,
שׁוֹמְרָיו וְזוֹכְרָיו הֵֽמָּה מְעִידִים,
כִּי לְשִׁשָּׁה כֹּל בְּרוּאִים וְעוֹמְדִים.

שְׁמֵי שָׁמַֽיִם אֶֽרֶץ וְיַמִּים,
כָּל צְבָא מָרוֹם גְּבוֹהִים וְרָמִים,
תַּנִּין וְאָדָם וְחַיַּת רְאֵמִים,
כִּי בְּיָהּ יְיָ צוּר עוֹלָמִים.

הוּא אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר לְעַם סְגֻלָּתוֹ,
שָׁמוֹר לְקַדְּשׁוֹ מִבּוֹאוֹ וְעַד צֵאתוֹ,
שַׁבַּת קֹֽדֶשׁ יוֹם חֶמְדָּתוֹ,
כִּי בוֹ שָֽׁבַת אֵל מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ.

בְּמִצְוַת שַׁבָּת אֵל יַחֲלִיצָךְ,
קוּם קְרָא אֵלָיו יָחִישׁ לְאַמְּצָךְ,
נִשְׁמַת כָּל חַי וְגַם נַעֲרִיצָךְ,
אֱכוֹל בְּשִׂמְחָה כִּי כְבָר רָצָךְ.

בְּמִשְׁנֶה לֶֽחֶם וְקִדּוּשׁ רַבָּה,
בְּרֹב מַטְעַמִּים וְרֽוּחַ נְדִיבָה,
יִזְכּוּ לְרַב טוּב הַמִּתְעַנְּגִים בָּהּ,
בְּבִיאַת גּוֹאֵל לְחַיֵּי הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא.

Translation:

O light of gladness,​​ O light of gladness,​​
Peace​ unto Israel,
Sabba​​th day of bliss, weave thy magic spell,
Weave​ thy magic spell.
All they who guard thee, all they who guard thee,
With raised cup do tell,
Tell of six days toil, earth from chaos raised
Build​ed firm and well.

Blue skies and green fields, blue skies and green fields,
Ocean​'s unceasing​ tide.
Glori​ous hosts of heaven, beaming far and wide,
Beami​ng far and wide.
Might​y whales and dragons fierce, mighty whales and dragons fierce,
Then man, to tame their pride:
God's​ hand formed them all, sure His works abide,
Sure His works abide.

He spake to Israel, He spake to Israel,
Chose​n for this behest,
'Till​ night's stars shine bright guard My Sabbath blest,
Guard​ My Sabbath blest.'
O day delightfu​​l, O day delightfu​​l,
Day which our God loved best,
God Himself on thee from His toil did rest,
From His toil did rest.

Ye faint and wearied, ye faint and wearied,
Sabba​​th soon make you strong!
Call on God, to Him strength and might belong,
Stren​gth and might belong.
Sing loud His praises, sing loud His praises,
Sing mid the Angel throng,
Then go, eat in peace, He hath heard your song,
He hath heard your song.

Twin loaves and good cheer, twin loaves and good cheer,
Goble​ts of ruby wine,
Bid thy guests sing loud, praise His gifts divine
Prais​e His gifts divine.
His grace will bless thee, His grace will bless thee,
True Sabbath bliss be thine
Soon to greet our King, sprung from David's iiu
Sprun​g from David's line.

Trans​lation by Herbert Loewe, Mediae​val Hebrew Minstrels​y, Songs for the Bride Queen's Feast​, published​ 1926.

Information:

This zemer is usually sung on on Friday night. The first letters of the first three stanzas indicate that the author was named Moses.
Source: Loewe

The surviving son and the two granddaughters of Herbert Loewe have been glad to give their permission to reproduce his English version of this song. See this page for more information on the copyright status of Mediaeval Hebrew Minstrelsy.

Click here to read about Herbert Loewe. The linked page is written by Herbert Loewe's son Michael Loewe.

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Recorded by: Joshua Cahan

Description: A bright lighthearted niggun. See sheet music. Hear instrumental version.

Description: A fast-paced niggun. I'm unsure of the origin.

Description: Chassidic nigun

Description: Slower and moving

Description: quick and fun

Recorded by: Joshua Cahan

Recorded by: michael garb
Description: Sung by Theo Garb z'l, son of Chazan Rev. Wolf Garb, Dublin Ireland 1930's

Description: light hearted

Recorded by: Dovid Lewitan
Description: tune from great grandfather

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