Wednesday, May 30, 2007

That beautiful face

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Were a single mote of Thy Face to show itself,
neither dervish cloak nor Christian belt would remain upon
the earth.
When Thou showest Thy Face to anyone in the
two worlds, he is consumed by fire and left with no business
but Thy heartache.
If Thou shouldst throw off the veil from that
beautiful Face, no trace would remain of the faces of sun and
With Love's wine Thou puttest to sleep those
consumed by fire -- none but Thou is confidant to the

-- Ghazal (Ode) 657
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983

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