Grant him a cruel and faithless lover, Lord:
Grant him the love that eats away at the heart.
Let him know for himself the sorrow that only
love can bring.
Grant him love, bliss, ecstasy--give him the
whole damn thing.
#1654: 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)