Thursday, November 01, 2012

quatrain 14

From sunlight, two further versions of quatrain #14, to add to two versions by Houshmand discussed at to be or not to be.
i was first seduced by love
then put in a fire of agonies
as i won the mastery
of the beloved
the beloved dropped me
and was gone

Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
First, he tempted me
with infinite caresses.
He burnt me in the end
with pain and sorrow.
In this game of chess
I had to lose myself
in order to win Him.

Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved

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