THE PERSIAN MYSTICS: Jami by F. Hadland Davis

By F. Hadland Davis

Jami (1414-1492), a pupil and mystic, is taken into account by way of many to be one of many maximum Persian poets of the fifteenth century. This quantity, edited through F. Hadland Davis and primary released in 1908, includes choices from a few of Jami's best-known works. ''Salaman and Absal'' examines the earthly love (''the love that binds and fetters and is corruptible'') of the eponymous star-crossed fanatics and contrasts it with ''incorruptible'' celestial love. The ''Lawa'ih'' is a treatise on Sufism. ''Yusuf and Zulaikha'' tells of Zulaikha's unrequited love for Yusuf, and the ''Baharistan'' is a ebook of verse and prose written as a chain of 8 ''gardens.'' a short biography of Jami and a few additional info on all of the decisions are incorporated during this undying paintings. FREDERICK HADLAND DAVIS can also be the writer of The Persian Mystics: Jalalu'd-Din Rumi (1907) and Myths and Legends of Japan (1912), either to be had from Cosimo.

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In the world, men of Insight may discern A stream whose currents swirl and surge and churn, And from the force that works within the stream " The hidden working of the Truth " may learn.

But he does not dispense proceed to moralise to ; with frigid formalities beyond calling her Zulaikha and offering, in a studied kind of way, to do anything for her that she may desire. Zulaikha asks for beauty, youth, and the power to win his love. Yusuf grants her first two wishes, and the decrepit old woman is changed into the 3 o* ravishingly beautiful Zulaikha of eighteen. But Yusuf,* cold even now, in silence turns in prayer to Heaven, and takes Gabriel's word rather than his own conviction that he is doing well to marry her at last.

To -gaze upon his heart-inflaming cheek Upon the darling whom, could she, she would Have cradled as the baby of her eye. In rose and musk she wash'd him to his lips Press'd the pure sugar from the honeycomb And when, day over, she withdrew her milk, She made, and having laid him in, his bed, Burn'd all night like a taper o'er his head. ; still as morning came, and as he grew. She dressed him like a little idol up On with his robe with fresh coUyrium dew Touch'd his narcissus eyes the musky locks Divided from his forehead and embraced With gold and ruby girdle his fin waist.

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