Tuesday, June 01, 2010

[Sunlight] "Borne onward by their fear"



In battle the cowardly out of fear for their lives
have chosen the means of retreat,
while the courageous, also from fear of their lives,
have charged toward the ranks of the enemy.
Heroes are borne onward by their fear and pain;
from fear, too, the human being of weak spirit dies within.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Bad-delân az bim-e jân dar kârzâr
kardeh asbâb-e hazimat ekhtiyâr
Por-delân dar jang ham az bim-e jân
hamleh kardeh su-ye saff-e doshmanân
Rostamân-râ tars o ghamm vâpish bord
ham ze tars ân bad-del andar khvish mord

-- Mathnawi IV:2917-2919
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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