If in love's seminary they debate
The line between love's ecstasy and theory,
Here no theologian's ruling will abide.
On love, their eminences' tongues are truly tied.
#680, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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