Thursday, 27 September 2018

Gazel - Nejati

Truth this: a lasting home hath yielded ne'er earth's spreading plain;
Scarce e'en an inn where may the caravan for rest remain.
Though every leaf of every tree is verily a book,
For those who understanding lack doth earth no leaf contain.
E'en though the Loved One be from thee as far as East from West,
"Bagdad to lovers is not far," O heart, then strive and strain.
One moment opened were her ebriate, strife-causing eyne,
By us as scimitars, not merely daggers, were they ta'en.
Yearneth Nejati for the court of thy fair Paradise,
Though this a wish which he while here on earth can ne'er  attain.

Nejati (İsa Necati) (died 1509) Turkey
Exact translator not given - the book lists a number of them but doesn't say which pieces they translated
Source: The sacred books and early literature of the East; with an historical survey and descriptions,
Vol VI, by Charles Francis Horne, Parke, 1917

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