They say to me: "Do describe it (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))by Umar Ibn al-Farid
English version by Th. Emil Homerin
Original Language Arabic
They say to me: "Do describe it,
for you know its character well!"
Indeed, I have word
of its attributes:
Purity not water,
subtlety not air,
light but not fire,
spirit without body,
Lovely features guiding
those describing it to praise;
how find their prose and poetry
One who never knew it
is moved by its memory,
just as one longing for Nu'm
is stirred when she is recalled.
But they said: "You've drunk sin!"
No, indeed, I drank only
that whose abstention
is sin to me.
|-- from Umar Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verses, Saintly Life, Translated by Th. Emil Homerin|