I've learned the perfect magic of your eyes;
I've lit my soul's own candle with your love.
Let evil eyes not look upon my state;
My own eyes look nowhere but at your face.
# 1126, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)