A thousand brilliant beauties filled the garden;
There were violets and musk-scented roses.
The stream was not those drops that trickled slow,
A mere excuse: He was himself the flow.
#660: 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)