Friday, May 06, 2011

quatrain 569

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #569:

This moment this love comes to rest in me,
many beings in one being.
In one wheat-grain a thousand sheaf stacks.
Inside the needle's eye, a turning night of stars.

version by Coleman Barks, from a translation by John Moyne
"Unseen Rain", Quatrains of Rumi, Threshold Books, 1986

O how the Beloved fits inside my heart;
Like a thousand souls in one body,
A thousand harvests in one sheaf of wheat,
A thousand whirling heavens
in the eye of a needle.

version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
"A Garden Beyond Paradise", The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Bantam Books, 1992

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