Where do you come from, cry of the bowed string,
Full of fire and revolt and sedition?
You're a spy, the heart's desert messenger,
And its secrets are the message you sing.
#1712: 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)