You are all held captive behind this veil,
But if you escape you will yet be kings.
The water of life speaks to all creatures:
'Die for me, die on the shore of my stream.'
#1651: 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)