He's fallen, King, no need for check and mate.
He's at your feet, so be considerate.
Though drenched in guilt, he needs no punishment.
For God's sake, there's no need to retaliate.
#1415: 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)