Be drunk from it (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))by Umar Ibn al-Farid
English version by Th. Emil Homerin
Original Language Arabic
Be drunk from it,
if only for the life of an hour,
and you will see time a willing slave
under your command.
For there is no life in this world
for one who lives here sober;
who does not die drunk on it,
prudence has passed him by.
So let him weep for himself,
one who wasted his life
never having won a share
or measure of this wine.
|-- from Umar Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verses, Saintly Life, Translated by Th. Emil Homerin|
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