The king who pleaded mercy for all sins
Has gone. Gone the night bright as a thousand moons.
If he returns, and sees me not, then say,
"Like you who just pass through, she's gone away."
#354, 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)