I was amazed by His beauty.
I became bewildered.
I was out of my self until early dawn
because of the Beauty, maturity and kindness of Absence.
I compared Absence to a ruby mine.
I dressed in a satin of its color.
I heard the sound of lovers.
I listened to their voices saying,
“May it do you good.”
I saw a circle
which had become drunk with Absence.
Then, I saw that circle become like an earring on my ear.
I saw forms in the light of Absence.
I saw the Soul of souls on His face.
When I saw that rough sea,
my soul became exalted with a hundred kinds of excitement.
Hundreds of thousands of screams and yells
came from the sky.
I would become a slave, a servant to such a messenger.
Divan-i Kebir, Volume 9, Ghazal 106, verses 11a6-1113, pager 166.