Friday, May 31, 2013

[Sunlight] Don't waste the day in idle talk



Haven't you heard the verse, the present life is only a play*?
You have squandered your goods and grown afraid.
Look for your clothes before night comes on:
don't waste the day in idle talk.


Ni shenidi innamâ al-dunyâ la`ib*?
bâd dâdi rakht o gashti morta`eb
Pish az ânkeh shab shavad jâmeh ma-ju
ruz-râ zâye` ma-kon dar goft o gu

*Qur'ân: Sûrat Muhammad, 36

-- Mathnawi VI: 457-458
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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