At first, with endless kindness, he carressed me,
Then roasted me in a fire of endless pain.
At the lash of his kindness, the spur of his love, I galloped.
When I became entirely him, he threw me down again.
#14: From Rumi's
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)