Friday, July 26, 2013

[Sunlight] “Rock Solid”



Everyone baked by the divine Sun
will become rock solid:
without dread or shame,
his features fiery and veil-rending,
like the face of the peerless Sun.
Every prophet was hard-faced in this world,
and beat single-handed against the army of kings,
and did not turn his face from fear or pain,
but single and alone
dashed against a whole world.
The stone is hard-faced and bold-eyed,
unafraid of the bricks thrown by the world.
For the bricks were made strong in the kiln,
but the rock was hardened by a Godly art.

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Har keh az khvorshid bâshad posht garm
sakht-ru bâshad nah bim u-râ nah sharm
Hamcho ru-ye âftâb bi hazar
gasht ruyesh khasm suz o pardeh-dar
Har payambar sakht-ru bod dar jahân
yek-sovâreh kuft bar jaysh-e shahân
Ru na-gardânid az tars o ghammi
yek-taneh tanhâ be-zad bar `âlami
Sang bâshad sakht-ru o cheshm-shukh
u na-tarsad az jahân par kolukh
K-ân kolukh az khesht-zan yek lakht shod
sang az son`-e Khodâyi sakht shod

-- Mathnawi III: 4139-4144
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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