Treasure Island

Farid ud-Din Attar

(1145-1220 / Nishapur)

The Triumph of the Soul


Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know
Myself as simply me. I burn with love
Unto myself, and bury me in love.
The centre is within me and its wonder
Lies as a circle everywhere about me.
Joy! Joy! No mortal thought can fathom me.
I am the merchant and the pearl at once.
Lo, Time and Space lie crouching at my feet.
Joy! Joy! When I would reveal in a rapture.
I plunge into myself and all things know.

Translated by: Margaret Smith

Submitted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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