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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Rabia
By James Freeman Clarke (1810–1888)
 
Translated from the German of Tholuck

RABIA, sick upon her bed,
By two saints was visited,—
 
Holy Malik, Hassan wise—
Men of mark in Moslem eyes.
 
Hassan says, “Whose prayer is pure,        5
Will God’s chastisement endure.”
 
Malik, from a deeper sense
Uttered his experience:
 
“He who loves his Master’s choice
Will in chastisement rejoice.”        10
 
Rabia saw some selfish will
In their maxims lingering still,
 
And replied, “O men of grace!
He who sees his Master’s face
 
Will not, in his prayer, recall        15
That he is chastised at all.”
 
 
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