January 23rd, 2017

poetry, exceptindreams

[O my Lord] | Rabi’a

“[O my Lord]”
Rabi’aO my Lord,

if I worship you
from fear of hell, burn me in hell.

If I worship you
from hope of Paradise, bar me from its gates.

But if I worship you
for yourself alone, grant me then the beauty of your Face.

Translated by Jane Hirshfield