Friday, November 27, 2009

quatrain 1868

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #1868:
With love you cannot bargain
there, the choice is not yours.
Love is a mirror, it reflects
only your essence,
if you have the courage
to look in its face.

-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999

love is
a mirror
you see nothing
but your reflection
you see nothing
but your real face

--Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001

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