The loved ones of my heart where are they? Say, by
God, where are they?
As thou sawest their apparition, wilt thou show to me
How long, how long was I seeking them! and how often
did I beg to be united with them,
Until I had no fear of being parted from them, and yet
I feared to be amongst them.
Perchance my happy star will hinder their going afar
That mine eye may be blest with them, and that I may
not ask,’ Where are they?’
—Ibn al-Arabi, from section XLV
The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq: A Collection Of Mystical Odes
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