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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to India
Brahma
Rumi (1207–1273)
 
Translated by F. F. Ritter

I AM the mote in the sunbeam, and I am the burning sun;
“Rest here!” I whisper the atom; I call to the orb, “Roll on!”
 
I am the blush of morning, and I am the evening breeze;
I am the leaf’s low murmur, the swell of the terrible seas;
 
I am the net, the fowler, the bird and its frightened cry,        5
The mirror, the form reflected, the sound and its echo, I;
 
The lover’s passionate pleading, the maiden’s whispered fear,
The warrior, the blade that smites him, his mother’s heart-wrung tear;
 
I am intoxication, grapes, wine-press, and must and wine,
The guest, the host, the tavern, the goblet of crystal fine;        10
 
I am the breath of the flute, I am the mind of man,
Gold’s glitter, the light of the diamond, and the sea-pearl’s lustre wan,
 
The rose, her poet nightingale, the songs from his throat that rise,
Flint sparks, the taper, the moth, that about it flies.
 
I am both Good and Evil; the deed and the deed’s intent,        15
Temptation, victim, sinner, crime, pardon and punishment,
 
I am what was, is, will be; creation’s ascent and fall;
The link, the chain of existence; beginning and end of all.
 
 
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