[O my Lord]


O my Lord,
the stars glitter
and the eyes of men are closed.
Kings have locked their doors
and each lover is alone with his love.
Here, I am alone with You.
Rabi’a (Basra – actual Iraq, 717 CE – 801 CE)
from Women in Praise of the Sacred (New York: Harper-Collins, 1994), translated by Jane Hirshfield,

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