Friday, October 23, 2009

[Sunlight] The lords of the heart



Serve the elixir, like copper:
endure oppression, O heart,
from the one who holds the deed.
Who is it who holds the deed to the heart?
Know well, it is the lords of the heart
who, like day and night,
recoil from the world.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Khedmat-e eksir kon mes-vâr to
jawr mi-kash ay del az deldâr to
Kist deldâr ahl-e del niku be-dân
keh cho ruz o shab jahânand az jahân

-- Mathnawi II: 3475-3476
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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