Thursday, July 31, 2008

[Sunlight] If you are my soul's familiar friend



If you are my soul's familiar friend,
my words of reality
aren't mere remarks.
If at midnight I say, "I am near:
come now, don't be afraid of the night,
I am your kin,"
these two assertions are real to you,
since you recognize your own relative's voice;
and even more, your delight
at hearing the voice of your kinsman bears witness
to the truthful presence of your dear friend.

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `

Gar to hasti âshnâ-ye jân-e man
nist da`vâ goft ma`nâ-lân-e man
Gar be-guyam nim-shab "Pish-e tovam
hin ma-tars az shab keh man khvish-e tovam"
In do da`vâ pish-e to ma`nâ bud
chon shenâsi bâng-e khvishâvand-e khvod
Lazzat-e âvâz-e khvishâvand niz
shod gavâ bar sedq-e ân khvish-e `aziz

-- Mathnawi II: 3573-3575; 3578
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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