‘Tis a Fearful Thing by Yehuda HaLevi
Yehuda HaLevi is a twelfth-century poet and philosopher born to a wealthy family in Spain. He started writing as a child and as he grew older, his work turned to a longing for Jerusalem. He began his journey but it cannot be confirmed he ever arrived before his death.
That love is holy is a sobering thought. I am mindful of those I have loved–and lost–and still love deeply and miss greatly. There is comfort here, too, though, in that “painful joy.”