Songs & Poems

Got to be ROCK ā€™nā€™ ROLL music

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.03.2007:

By Serop Ohannessian

The sixties were a time when hardly anything happened in Jerusalem. We slept with the chickens and got up with the dawn chorus. The last time there was any excitement here was when Pope Paul VI visited Jerusalem. We needed some action, and we needed it badly.

Of course, there was the local radio station. The Hashemite Broadcasting Service transmitted from a (...)

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The Palestinian National Song A Personal Testimony

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.03.2007:

By Rima Tarazi

The history of music has been closely linked to the spoken language since time immemorial. Linguistic intonation and rhythmic patterns influenced the emergence of musical styles and genres within various countries and communities. These patterns became the basis for accompanying the human voice in expressing a variety of human emotions, tribulations and aspirations, refl(...)

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Who Am I

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.02.2007:

Who Am I but a speck of dust, a drop of water and a gentle beeze

Without me there is no being, there is no life

Listless am I as I hear a weeping child, a wailing mother

Listless am I as I hear the desperate cries of youth, the burdened moaning of the old

Helpless am I as I watch my children tortured, my people driven away

Helpless am I as I watch the growin(...)

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Proverbs on advising, guiding and predestination

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 30.01.2007:

On advising, guiding and warning

- Give your dough (lit. bread) to the baker even if he eats half of it.

- If he shakes hands with you, count your fingers.

- The snake never becomes a sister.

- Its (i.e. house, grove etc.) protector is its thief.

- The property of religious endowments demolishes the ceiling (i.e. if tampered with).

- Measure ((...)

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Proverbs On love, affection, marriage and progeny

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 30.01.2007:

- Affection is more potent than death.

- Love is blind.

- Your darling is your darling even though he is a black slave.

- The pretty one is beloved by God and people.

- Look for a husband for your daughter before you look for a bride for your son.

- He who marries the ugly person (lit. the monkey) for his wealth, the wealth goes away and the ugly person rema(...)

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Proverbs on manners, human relations and human characteristics

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 30.01.2007:

On politeness, polish and praiseworthy manners

- Speech shows the character of the speaker.

- Neither be brittle and be broken nor soft and be squeezed.

- None assumes pride except the son of the base person.

- Be the son of whomever you wish, but acquire politeness; its praise will spare your having a good genealogy.

- Oh, you who are going away, in(...)

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Proverbs on science, knowledge and economics

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 30.01.2007:

Proverbs are one of the most important branches of popular literature as they relate to all aspects of life. A proverb supporting this view says, "Proverbs did not leave anything unsaid." They speak of particular situations and certain human experiences, as if they in themselves were an unwritten social code.

Proverbs are more than a simple reflection of the local culture, as one of th(...)

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Wedding Trills

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 28.01.2007:

Trills are a method of expressing joy. They are chanted on several occasions such as weddings, the return of emigrants from their diasporas and the roofing of houses. Some of the most widespread wedding songs and trills are included here.

Some of the most widespread trills are given here. They are characterized by an overpowering passion and strength of expression.

1- A-yee Than(...)

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Wedding Songs

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 28.01.2007:

Bethlehem's wedding songs are inherited from one' generation to the next, and are distinguished for their innocence, sweetness, and expressive and inspiring vocabulary. They are replete with overpowering passion. Their strong rhyme and assonance are easily noticeable.

Family, relatives and friends will come in flocks, some bringing presents for the baby and its mother, such as clothes.(...)

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My Olive Tree – poem by Hanna Issa

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 17.11.2006:

By Hanna Issa

A sacred vow embellished on your veil,

Which lends your gentle branches poise and grace;

Emblem of peace, and charm for restless souls,

Reposeful - soothing is your kind embrace.

Even your respiration smells of oil,

The olive oil that feeds the Sacred flame;

Your light in temple lanterns pure, divine,

Endures - Thine consec(...)

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