Wednesday, November 07, 2007

[Sunlight] This Marriage -- Ghazal 2667


Here, Sunlight presents Ghazal (Ode) 2667, written by Rumi for his
son's wedding, in a version by Coleman Barks, a version by Kabir
Helminski, and in a translation by A.J. Arberry:


This marriage be wine with halvah, honey dissolving in milk.
This marriage be the leaves and fruit of a date tree.
This marraige be women laughing together for days on end.
This marriage, a sign for us to study.
This marriage, beauty.
This marriage, a moon in a light-blue sky.
This marriage, this silence fully mixed with spirit.

- Version by Coleman Barks
The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia
Omega Publications, 1993

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This Marriage

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcome
as the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

-- Version by Kabir Helminski
Love is a Stranger
Threshold Books, 1993

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May these nuptials be blessed for us, may this marriage be
blessed for us,
May it be ever like milk and sugar, this marriage like wine
and halvah.
May this marriage be blessed with leaves and fruits like the
date tree;
May this marriage be laughing forever, today, tomorrow, like
the houris of paradise.
May this marriage be the sign of compassion and the approval
of happiness here and hereafter;
May this marriage be fair of fame, fair of face and fair of
omen as the moon in the azure sky.
I have fallen silent for words cannot describe how the spirit
has mingled with this marriage.

-- Translation by A. J. Arberry
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 2"
The University of Chicago Press, 1991


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