He who set the world on fire in me
And made a hundred tongues of flame speak from my mouth,
When fire blazed around me on all sides,
I sighed: he placed his hand upon my mouth.
#490, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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