The Masnavi. Book Four (Oxford World's Classics) by Jalal al-Din Rumi


The Masnavi. Book Four (Oxford World's Classics) by Jalal al-Din Rumi

Author:Jalal al-Din Rumi [Rumi, Jalal al-Din]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
ISBN: 9780191086175
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Published: 2017-09-01T04:00:00+00:00


The young man becomes agitated because no reply comes from the king to his letter.

This desert has no top or bottom either.

That young man found he didn’t get an answer:

‘How strange the king chose not to answer me!

Maybe it is the courier’s trickery,

Hiding the note I wrote from the king’s eyes,

Like water shifting under straw, through lies?

To test this out I’ll write another letter1895

And use a different courier who is better.’

The courier, kitchen head, and king: all three

Were blamed by this fool through stupidity.

He didn’t once look at himself to say:

‘I’m being perverse like those whose faith’s astray.’



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