Tuesday, October 16, 2007

[Sunlight] “Dumbfounded by Love”



Dear soul, Love alone cuts arguments short,
for it alone comes to the rescue when you cry for help against
Eloquence is dumbfounded by Love: it dares not wrangle;
for the lover fears that, if he answers back,
the pearl of inner experience might fall out of his mouth.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

`Eshq borad bahs-râ ay jân o bas
ku ze goft o gu shavad feryâd ras
Hayrati âyad ze `eshq ân notq-râ
zahreh na-bovad keh konad u mâ-jarâ
Keh be-tarsad gar javâbi vâ dehad
gawhari az lonj-e u birun fotad

-- Mathnawi V: 3240-3241
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)



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