Tuesday, October 20, 2009

[Sunlight] "When you have done the work"



The fruits are first in our thoughts,
but only in the end
are they truly seen.
When you have done the work
and planted the tree,
when the fruit appears,
you read the first words.


Mive-hâ dar fekr-e del avval bovad
dar `amal zâher be-âkher mi-shavad
Chon `amal kardi shajar be-neshândi
andar âkher harf-e avval khvândi

-- Mathnawi I: 971-972
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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