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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Sufi poem

Jellaludin (1207–1273)
HE 1 asked: Who standeth at my door? I said: Thy indigent slave.
He asked: What dost thou here? I said: I am come to greet Thee, O my Lord.
He asked: How long wilt thou persist? I said: Until Thou call me in.
He asked: How long wilt thou desire it? I said: Till the last day of time, O Lord.
I laid claim to his Love; I took solemn oath that for love of Him I had renounc’t wealth and power.        5
He asked: Doth not a judge demand a witness to prove a claim?
  I said: Tears are my witnesses, and my pale face the evidence.
He asked: Is thy witness trustworthy, when thine eyes are wayward?
  I said: I swear by thy great Justice, they are pure and free from sin.
He asked: What desirest thou of me? I said: Thy Constancy and Friendship …        10
He asked: Who was thy Comrade? I said: The thought of Thee, O King.
He asked: Who call’d thee hither? I said: The rumour of thy Feast …
O ask ye no more of me. Were I to tell you more words of his,
  Ye would burst your bonds; no roof nor door could restrain you.
Note 1. Jellaludin. [See 47.] [back]

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