The Letter of Love Written by P’hatman to Avt’handil
- "O SUN, since it pleaspd God to create thee a
- a joy and not a desirer of woes to them
removed from thee,
- a burner of those near united, a consumer of
them with fire,
- thy glance seems sweet to the planets, a
thing to be boasted
- "THEY that gaze on thee become enamoured of
- thy sake piteously they faint. Thou art the
rose; I marvel
- why nightingales quiver not on thee. Thy
- the flowers, and mine too are fading. If the
- me not timely I am quite scorched.
- "GOD is my witness that I fear to tell you
- luckless, what can I do for myself? I am
quite parted from
- patience; the heart cannot constantly endure
- of the black lashes! If by any means thou
canst help me,
- then help, lest I lose my wits.
- "TILL an answer to this letter reaches me,
till I know if
- thou wilt slay me or reassure me - till then
shall I endure life.
- however much my heart pains me. Oh for the
time when life
- or death will be decided for me!"
- DAME P'hatman wrote and sent the letter to
- The knight read it as if it were from a
sister or kinswoman;
- he said: "She knows not my heart. Who is she
- the lover of her whose I am ? The beloved I
- I compare her beauty to this one's ?"
- SAID he: "What hath the raven to do with the
- what have they in common ? But upon it the
- has not yet sweetly sung. Every unfitting
deed is brief, and
- then it is fruitless. What says she? What
nonsense she talks!
- What a letter she has written!"
- THIS kind of thought he thought in his heart.
- he to himself: "Save thee I have no helper.
For the sake of
- that for which I am a wanderer, since I wish
to seek her
- I will do everything by which I can find her;
- should my heart heed !
- "THIS woman sits here seeing many men, a
- open house and a friend to travellers coming
- all parts. I will consent, she will tell me
all; however much
- the fire burns me with its flames, perchance
she will be of
- some use to me; I shall know how to pay my
debt to her."
- HE said: "When a woman loves anyone, becomes
- with him and gives him her heart, shame and
- weighs not, being wholly accursed; whatever
she know she
- declares, she tells every secret. It is
better for me. I will
- consent; perchance I shall somewhere find out
- AGAIN he said: "None can do aught if his
- him not; so what I want I have not, what I
have I want
- not. The world is a kind of twilight, so here
all is dusky.
- Whatever is in the pitcher, the same flows