This came to pass. After the coronation of Nufsibaal King of Byblus, he retired to his bed-chamber—the very room which the three hermit-magicians of the mountains had built for him... more »
My wearied heart bade me farewell and left for the House of Fortune. As he reached that holy city which the soul had blessed and worshipped, he commenced wondering, for he could not find what he had ...... more »
As night fell and the light glittered in the great house, the servants stood at the massive door awaiting the coming of the guests; and upon their velvet garments shown golden buttons.... more »
And a merchant said, "Speak to us of Buying and Selling."
And he answered and said:... more »
Man and I are sweethearts
He craves me and I long for him,
But alas! Between us has appeared
A rival who brings us misery.... more »
He is a link between this and the coming world.
A pure spring from which all thirsty souls may drink.... more »
Night fell over North Lebanon and snow was covering the villages surrounded by the Kadeesha Valley, giving the fields and prairies the appearance of a great sheet of parchment upon which the furious ...... more »
A prince stood on the balcony of his palace addressing a great multitude summoned for the occasion and said, "Let me offer you and this whole fortunate country my congratulations upon the birth of a ...... more »
A mason came forth and said, "Speak to us of Houses."
And he answered and said:... more »
Upon a lonely mountain, there lived two hermits who worshipped God
and loved one another.... more »
Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, "Speak to us of Eating and Drinking."
And he said:... more »
You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long
before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all... more »
There in the middle of the field, by the side of a crystalline stream, I saw a bird-cage whose rods and hinges were fashioned by an expert's hands. In one corner lay a dead bird, and in another were ...... more »
One night a feat was held in the palace, and there came a man and
prostrated himself before the prince, and all the feasters looked... more »
Then a hermit, who visited the city once a year, came forth and said, "Speak to us of Pleasure."
And he answered, saying:... more »
I was here from the moment of the
Beginning, and here I am still. And
I shall remain here until the end
Of the world, for there is no... more »
And a woman spoke, saying, 'Tell us of Pain.'
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.... more »
The strong shore is my beloved
And I am his sweetheart.
We are at last united by love, and
Then the moon draws me from him.... more »
Yesterday I drew myself from the noisome throngs and proceeded into the field until I reached a knoll upon which Nature had spread her comely garments. Now I could breathe.
I looked back, and the ...... more »
Once I said to a scarecrow, 'You must be tired of standing in this
lonely field.'... more »
One day there passed by a company of cats a wise dog.
And as he came near and saw that they were very intent and heeded... more »
In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper:... more »
The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence prevailed over all, as ...... more »
In the silence of the night Death descended from God toward the earth. He hovered above a city and pierced the dwellings with his eyes. He say the spirits floating on wings of dreams, and the people ...... more »
Leave me, my blamer,
For the sake of the love
Which unites your soul with
That of your beloved one;... more »
One hour devoted to the pursuit of Beauty
And Love is worth a full century of glory
Given by the frightened weak to the strong.... more »
Then said Almitra, 'Speak to us of Love.'
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.... more »
Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn onto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth.... more »
Once there lived a man who had a valley-full of needles. And one
day the mother of Jesus came to him and said: 'Friend, my son's... more »
The gold-hoarder walked in his palace park and with him walked his troubles. And over his head hovered worries as a vulture hovers over a carcass, until he reached a beautiful lake surrounded by ...... more »
Love is a magic ray
emitted from the burning core
of the soul
and illuminating... more »
Where are you, my beloved? Are you in that little
Paradise, watering the flowers who look upon you
As infants look upon the breast of their mothers?
Or are you in your chamber where the shrine of
Virtue has been placed in your honor, and upon
Which you offer my heart and soul as sacrifice?
Or amongst the books, seeking human knowledge,
While you are replete with heavenly wisdom?
Oh companion of my soul, where are you? Are you
Praying in the temple? Or calling Nature in the
Field, haven of your dreams?
Are you in the ...
I am the lover's eyes, and the spirit's
Wine, and the heart's nourishment.
I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and
The virgin kisses me and places me
Upon her breast.
I am the house of true fortune, and the
Origin of pleasure, and the beginning