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

Jellaludin (1207–1273)
WHAT 1 pearl art Thou, that no man may pay thy price?
What doth the World offer, which is not a gift from Thee?
What punishment is greater, than to dwell afar from thy Face?
Torture not thy slave, tho’ he be unworthy of Thee!
Whoever is whelm’d in the waves of Chance, can never escape, if he look not to Thee as Friend.        5
The World hath no permanence: what it hath
    I esteem as perishable, for it is strange to thy permanence ..
My wish ever is to fling my heart and my soul at thy Feet.
Dust be on the head of the soul, that hath received not the dust of thy Feet!…
I will not shun thy stroke: for impure is the heart that hath not burn’d in the flame of thine Affliction.        10
No end is there, O Lord, to thy praises, and no count of thy Praisers.
What atom is there that danceth not with abandon in thy praise?
SHAMS-I-TABRIZ, beauty and pride of the skies, saith:
What king is there, but with heart and soul is a beggar of Thee?
Note 1. Jellaludin. [See 47.] [back]

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