Schiller-Szinessy.—Encycl. Brit., Vol. XXI, p. 120.
M. Friedlaender.—Life and Works of Saadia.
Vol. V, p. 177.
Saadiah’s Philosophy (Owen), J.Q.R., Vol. III, p. 192.
Grammar and Polemics (Rosin), J.Q.R., Vol.
VI, p. 475;
(S. Poznanski) ibid., Vol. IX, p. 238.
E.H. Lindo.—History of the Jews
of Spain and Portugal
DAWN OF THE SPANISH ERA
Chasdai Ibn Shaprut.—Menachem
and Dunash, Chayuj and
Janach.—Samuel the Nagid.
If but a small part of what Hebrew poets sang concerning Chasdai Ibn Shaprut be literal fact, he was indeed a wonderful figure. His career set the Jewish imagination aflame. Charizi, in the thirteenth century, wrote of Chasdai thus:
In southern Spain, in days
The sun of fame rose up on high:
Chasdai it was, the prince, who gave
Rich gifts to all who came to crave.
Science rolled forth her mighty waves,
Laden with gems from hidden caves,
Till wisdom like an island stood,
The precious outcome of the flood.
Here thirsting spirits still might find
Knowledge to satisfy the mind.
Their prince’s favor made new day
For those who slept their life away.
They who had lived so long apart
Confessed a bond, a common heart,
From Christendom and Moorish lands,
From East, from West, from distant strands.
His favor compassed each and all.
Girt by the shelter of his grace,
Lit by the glory of his face,
Knowledge held their heart in thrall.
He showed the source of wisdom and her springs,
And God’s anointment made them more than kings.
His goodness made the dumb to speak his name,
Yea, stubborn hearts were not unyielding long;
And bards the starry splendor of his fame
Mirrored in lucent current of their song.