Sunday, 20 December 2015

O my Lord - Rabi’a

O my Lord,
the stars glitter
and the eyes of men are closed.
Kings have locked their doors
and each lover is alone with his love.

Here, I am alone with You.

Rabi’a Basri (also known as Rabi’a Adawiya) (717 – 801) Iraq
Translated by Jane Hirshfield
Rabi'a Basri (Adawiya)
Rabi’a was the 4th child hence her name which means literally that, and Basri refers to her place of birth (Basra). She is revered as a Muslim saint and Sufi mystic. Her many poems were not written so have been passed on as oral tradition until they were recorded in writing.

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