Tuesday, October 13, 2009

[Sunlight] Eat the sugar!



Even if you don't have the same fault as another,
don't be secure;
maybe later that fault will be yours.
For years Iblis lived in good favor,
yet in the end disgrace enveloped him:
mark well the meaning of his name.
Satan's soul was tried by the wrath of God;
he stumbled;
and in his fall became a warning to you.
He drank the poison:
eat the sugar!


Gar ham ân `ayb na-bovad ayman ma-bâsh
bu ke ân `ayb az to gardad niz fâsh
Sâl-hâ Eblis niku nâm zist
gasht rasvâ bin keh u-râ nâm chist
in negar keh mobtelâ shod jân-e u
tâ dar oftâdest va u shod pand-e to
To niyoftâdi keh bâshi pand-e u
zahr u nushid to khvor qand-e u

-- Mathnawi II: 3038-3045
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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