Last night, in private, I asked the wise old man
To reveal to me the secret of the world.
Softly he whispered, Hush!, in my ear:
It's something you learn, not words you can hear.
#1022: From Rumi's
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)