Oh, her beauty--the tender maid!

by Muhyiddin ibn Arabi

English version by Reynold A. Nicholson
Original Language Arabic

Oh, her beauty--the tender maid! Its brilliance gives light like lamps to one travelling in the dark.
She is a pearl hidden in a shell of hair as black as jet,
A pearl for which Thought dives and remains unceasingly in the deeps of that ocean.
He who looks upon her deems her to be a gazelle of the sand-hills, because of her shapely neck and the loveliness of her gestures.

-- from The Mystics of Islam, by Reynold A. Nicholson

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