Themes :
Lover and Beloved

In the language of many traditions, God is referred to as the Beloved. This is especially true in the divine love poetry of the Sufis, but you also find it in the language of Christian mystics and, of course, the Bhakti poetry of India.

We -- the devotees, the seekers of the Divine -- are the "lovers." We are the ones who seek the Beloved through complete surrender to love.

The Beloved is often (though not always) thought of as male, while the lover is typically described as female. This is because the individual soul in its quest for divine union must become utterly receptive and it hopes to become "impregnated" with the divine life.

Poems with the theme of Lover and Beloved

  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said A pious one with a hundred beads on your rosary
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Love came
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Love came and emptied me of self
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Piousness and the path of love
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Rise early at dawn, when our storytelling begins
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Sorrow looted this heart
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said The day Love was illumined
  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said When the desire for the Friend became real
  Adyashanti The Shape of Love
  Alighieri, Dante The love of God, unutterable and perfect
  Ammons, A. R. Identity
  Ammons, A. R. Still
  Anandamurti (Sarkar, Prabhat Ranjan) On the path of the journey to effulgence,
  Andal The full moon day of Margazhi is here (from Tiruppavai)
  Angelou, Maya Million Man March Poem
  Angelou, Maya Savior
  Angelou, Maya The Detached
  Angelou, Maya Touched by an Angel
  Ansari, Khwaja Abdullah Empty Me of Everything But Your Love
  Aonghus of the Divinity O Christ, protect me!
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn As Night Let its Curtains Down in Folds
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn In the Mirror of a Man
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn My heart has become able
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn When my Beloved appears
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn While the sun's eye rules my sight
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The Dullard Sage
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The Valley of the Quest
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The Nightingale
  Attar, Farid ud-Din A dervish in ecstasy
  Attar, Farid ud-Din How long then will you seek for beauty here?
  Attar, Farid ud-Din Look -- I do nothing; He performs all deeds
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The Lover
  Attar, Farid ud-Din Looking for your own face
  Attar, Farid ud-Din Mysticism
  Aulia, Hazrat Nizamuddin In Allah's garden you gather roses,
  Bahu, Sultan I knew God well when love flashed before me
  Bahu, Sultan So what if love's idol is hidden? One's heart will never be far away
  Barker, Elsa He Who Knows Love
  Battacharya, Mahendranath Screening its face amongst lotus stalks
  ben Kallir, Eleazar Epithalamium
  Bernart de Ventadorn When I see the lark beating
  Berry, Wendell Horseback on Sunday morning
  Berry, Wendell Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
  Berry, Wendell The Wild Geese
  Blake, William Auguries of Innocence
  Blake, William Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem)
  Blake, William Eternity
  Blake, William The Divine Image
  Boethius Love is Lord of All
  Brabazon, Francis Dawn is a Friend
  Brabazon, Francis Our drop souls are of the ocean of Truth
  Brabazon, Francis The Dawn-Song Of His Mouth (from Stay With God)
  Brabazon, Francis The world is being run on time
  Bronte, Emily Last Lines
  Bronte, Emily The Visionary
  Broughton, James Come forth unabashed (from Shaman Psalm)
  Broughton, James Easter Exultet
  Broughton, James Having Come This Far
  Broughton, James The Gardener of Eden
  Bulleh Shah He Who is Stricken by Love
  Bulleh Shah I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do ?
  Bulleh Shah Love Springs Eternal
  Bulleh Shah this love -- O Bulleh -- tormenting, unique
  Bulleh Shah What a carefree game He plays!
  Bulleh Shah Your love has made me dance all over
  Bulleh Shah Your passion stirs me
  Carpenter, Edward The Lake of Beauty
  Catherine of Siena Consumed in Grace
  Chinook (Anonymous) Teach us, and show us the Way
  Clare of Assisi Draw me after You!
  Clare of Assisi Happy, indeed, is she whom it is given to share this sacred banquet
  Clare of Assisi O blessed poverty
  Clare of Assisi Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
  Clare of Assisi When You have loved, You shall be chaste
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor The Presence of Love
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor To Nature
  Crashaw, Richard The Flaming Heart or the Life of the Glorious S. Teresa
  Crashaw, Richard To the Name above every Name, the Name of Jesus
  cummings, e. e. i thank You God for most this amazing
  cummings, e. e. let it go -- the
  cummings, e. e. love is a place
  cummings, e. e. may my heart always be open to little
  Dadu Dayal So priceless is the birth, O brother
  Daniel, Arnaut The firm desire that enters
  Dariya Who can describe the Source of the universe
  Dariya Without love there can be no devotion and wisdom (from Love Chapter)
  Dariya You have nothing to worry about
  Dickinson, Emily There came a Day at Summer's full
  Dickinson, Emily I see thee better -- in the Dark
  Dogen, Eihei One of fifteen verses on Dogen's mountain retreat:
  Efendi, Seyh Ibrahim The Sufi Way
  Eliot, T. S. I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you (from Four Quartets)
  Eliot, T. S. Not the intense moment (from The Four Quartets)
  Emerson, Ralph Waldo Brahma
  Emre, Yunus I am before, I am after
  Emre, Yunus Let's Take Yunus Emre
  Emre, Yunus One Who Is Real Is Humble
  Emre, Yunus The lover is outcast and idle
  Emre, Yunus The mature ones are a sea
  Emre, Yunus True speech is the fruit of not speaking
  Farid, Baba Sheikh Raga Asa
  Farid, Baba Sheikh The lanes are muddy and far is the house
  Fox, John Blown Home
  Fox, John Elbows
  Francis of Assisi Let us desire nothing else
  Francis of Assisi Prayer from 'A Letter to the Entire Order'
  Francis of Assisi Prayer Inspired by the Our Father
  Francis of Assisi The Canticle of Brother Sun
  Galib, Seyh If I say that the skies have opened
  Galib, Seyh Love is a lamp of God, I am its moth
  Ganjavi, Mahsati A world there is for those in love with mines of precious stones
  Gibran, Kahlil Reason and Passion
  Gibran, Kahlil The Vast Man
  Govindasvami Holy sixth day
  Granger, Ivan M. Bent
  Granger, Ivan M. in love with the new sun
  Granger, Ivan M. When the Spring Thaw Comes
  Hadewijch Dew (from Love's Seven Names)
  Hadewijch God must give us a renewed mind (from Vale Millies)
  Hadewijch How she first made me beautiful promises (from Defense of Love)
  Hadewijch Love Has Seven Names
  Hadewijch Love has subjugated me
  Hadewijch Love's constancy
  Hadewijch The madness of love
  Hadewijch What I sang so often of Love (from Defense of Love)
  Hafiz A New World
  Hafiz Beauty Radiated in Eternity
  Hafiz Hair disheveled, smiling lips, sweating and tipsy
  Hafiz It Is Time to Wake Up!
  Hafiz The Pearl on the Ocean Floor
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) Geronimo
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) How Could a Lover Fall?
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) I Have Learned So Much
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) Love is the Funeral Pyre
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) That Lamp That Needs No Oil
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) That Magnificent Storm
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) The Thousand-Stringed Instrument
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) What the Hell
  Hallaj, Mansur al- I am the One whom I love
  Hallaj, Mansur al- Kill me, my faithful friends
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Looking for Each Other
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Walking Meditation
  Hawaiian (Anonymous) He kanaenae no Laka / A Prayer of Adulation to Laka
  Hayati, Bibi Before there was a hint of civilization
  Hekhalot Hymns (Anonymous) The Face of God
  Herbert, George Church Monuments
  Herbert, George Prayer (I)
  Herbert, George The Pearl. Matthew 13
  Hildegard von Bingen O Euchari in leta via / Sequence for Saint Eucharius
  Hildegard von Bingen O ignis Spiritus Paracliti / Sequence for the Holy Spirit
  Himmet, Kul No Ordinary Goods
  Hirshfield, Jane Ripeness
  Hirshfield, Jane The Lives of the Heart
  Holderlin, Friedrich Remembrance
  Holmes, Dick You Have Me
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [31] Holding truth and rejecting delusion (from The Shodoka)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar In memory of the beloved (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
  ibn Gabirol, Solomon Rise and open the door that is shut
  Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad Bright are Thy tresses, brighten them even more (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad O Cup-bearer! Give me again that wine of love for Thee (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad Selfhood can demolish the magic of this world (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Every word of every tongue is
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin I want Union with Him
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin In those days
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Love plays its lute behind the screen
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Love the phoenix cannot be trapped
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin O saki, fill a cup
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin We Yield Our Hearts
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Whether they know Thee or not
  Isaac of Stella Love
  Islam, Nazrul Come silently like the Moon
  Islam, Nazrul He who has seen my Mother
  Islam, Nazrul Let's Meet Hereafter!
  Islam, Nazrul mother, i may have been a naughty child
  Izzet, Asik Ali The Path of the Beautiful
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) As air becomes the medium for light when the sun rises
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) How the Soul Through the Senses Finds God in All Creatures
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) In losing all, the soul has risen (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love beyond all telling (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) When you no longer love yourself (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
  Jami, Ahmad Even from earthly love thy face avert not
  Jami, Ahmad Your Beauty
  Jayadeva My heart values his vulgar ways (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva Raga Gujri
  Jayadeva When he quickens all things (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jnanadev The Union of Shiva and Shakti (from Amritanubhav)
  John of the Cross Dark Night
  John of the Cross Full of Hope I Climbed the Day
  John of the Cross On the Communion of the Three Persons (from Romance on the Gospel)
  John of the Cross The Sum of Perfection
  John of the Cross Without a Place and With a Place
  Kabir Hang up the swing of love today!
  Kabir The bhakti path winds in a delicate way
  Kabir The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars shines bright
  Kabir The Lord is in Me
  Kabir The moon shines in my body
  Kabir The Time Before Death
  Kabir When the Day Came
  Kabir Within this earthen vessel
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) Choose Love
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) In the pre-dawn hours
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) The Mind Like a Firefly
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) The Way To Peace
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) What mind can possibly approach you
  Kamalakanta Mother
  Kerouac, Jack Bowery Blues
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [35] I think the Vessel, that with fugitive
  Khayyam, Omar [62] Another said -- "Why, ne'er a peevish Boy
  Khusrow Dehlawi, Amir Just a Glance
  Khusrow Dehlawi, Amir The River of Love
  Kirmani, Hamid al-Din Swept Away
  Ko Un Indangsu sea, shine dark blue
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Ah, Come Sit Beside Me
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Song of the Beloved (from The Immortal Friend)
  Kuzminsky, Irina A Sequence of Embraces
  Lalla At the end of a crazy-moon night
  Lalla I made pilgrimages, looking for God
  Lalla Intense cold makes water ice
  Lalla One shrine to the next, the hermit can't stop for breath
  Latif Bhitai, Shah Abdul If you are seeking Allah
  Lawrence, D. H. Deeper Than Love
  Lee, Li-Young From Blossoms
  Leon, Luis de Ode to Francisco Salinas
  Leon, Luis de The Life Removed
  Levertov, Denise Beginners
  Levertov, Denise The Secret
  Levine, Stephen Half life
  Li Bai If High Heaven had no love for wine
  Li Bai The Cold Clear Spring at Nanyang
  Llull, Ramon January (from The Book of the Lover and Beloved)
  Machado, Antonio Songs
  Maghribi, Muhammad Shirin The Moon of Your Love
  Maghsoud, Moulana Shah The light of the beloved rises from the horizon of my heart
  Mahadevi, Akka He bartered my heart
  Mahadevi, Akka Like a silkworm weaving
  Maharshi, Ramana The Marital Garland of Letters
  Maier, Michael Three Golden Apples from the Hesperian grove (from Atalanta Fugiens)
  Manikkavacakar While unperishing love melted my bones
  McCombs, Chris Divine Lovers
  McCombs, Chris Finish Me Off
  McCombs, Chris Go Deeper
  McCombs, Chris Is This Your Time?
  McCombs, Chris Swan Born
  McCombs, Chris The Friend Is Always There
  Mechthild of Magdeburg Effortlessly
  Mechthild of Magdeburg Of the voices of the Godhead
  Mechthild of Magdeburg The devil also offers his spirit
  Mechthild of Magdeburg Then shall I leap into love
  Meher Baba How Wonderful is the murderous mercy of God!
  Meher Baba Oh Beloved Master
  Meher Baba Purification
  Meher Baba The Beloved's Face
  Mei, Yuan Climbing the Mountain
  Merton, Thomas O Sweet Irrational Worship
  Milosz, Czeslaw Love
  Mipham Rinpoche, Sakyong Fortunate Birth
  Mirabai Dark Friend, what can I say?
  Mirabai Friend, without that Dark raptor
  Mirabai I am true to my Lord
  Mirabai No one knows my invisible life
  Mirabai O my friends
  Mirabai The Beloved Comes Home
  Mirabai The Five-Coloured Garment
  Mirabai Unbreakable, O Lord
  Mirabai Why Mira Can't Come Back to Her Old House
  Misri, Dhun-Nun al- That Taste
  Misri, Dhun-Nun al- The haunt of the hearts of the gnostics
  Misri, Niyazi Now No Trace Remains
  Muktananda, Swami Mukteshwari
  Nachmanides (Nachman, Moses ben) Prayers for the Protection and Opening of the Heart
  Namdev The thundering resonance of the Word
  Nasimi, Imadeddin At love's most sumptuous feast was I with love made drunk
  Nasimi, Imadeddin I take the Merciful One's shape, the Merciful I am
  Nawaz, Gharib Riddle
  Nawaz, Gharib The Second Jesus
  Nematollah Vali, Shah I beheld my essence
  Nematollah Vali, Shah The Sea Is Our Essence
  Neruda, Pablo Gautama Christ
  Neruda, Pablo I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz
  Nirmala A lasting marriage
  Nirmala why fear this moment
  Novalis Over I journey
  Novalis Uplifted is the stone
  Nurbakhsh, Javad Come!
  Nurbakhsh, Javad Desiring You
  Nurbakhsh, Javad The Beloved
  Nurbakhsh, Javad The Pain of Love
  O'Donohue, John Beannacht / Blessing
  O'Donohue, John Fluent
  O'Donohue, John May the light of your soul guide you
  O'Donohue, John On the death of the Beloved
  Oliver, Colin Love
  Oliver, Mary In Blackwater Woods
  Oliver, Mary Spring
  Oliver, Mary Thirst
  Oliver, Mary Wild Geese
  Osborne, Arthur Arunachala
  Patrul Rinpoche Use the time of your life
  Porete, Marguerite Beguines say I err...
  Porete, Marguerite Beloved, what do you want of me?
  Porete, Marguerite How Love names the Soul by twelve names
  Porete, Marguerite How Truth Praises Such Souls
  Porete, Marguerite O Lover of gentle nature
  Porete, Marguerite Peace of charity in the annihilated life
  Porete, Marguerite Thought is no longer of worth to me
  Porete, Marguerite You who would read this book
  Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) Brothers, my peace is in my aloneness
  Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) My joy
  Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) O my Lord, the stars glitter
  Ramakrishna Is there anyone in the universe
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Its value beyond assessment by the mind
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Love Her, Mind
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Who is that Syama woman
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Why disappear into formless trance?
  Ramsay, Jay After Rumi
  Ramsay, Jay In the Aber Valley
  Ramsay, Jay In the End: The Beginning
  Ramsay, Jay Infinity and Beyond
  Ravidas If You are a mountain
  Reninger, Elizabeth Basin
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deluge
  Reninger, Elizabeth True Love
  Reninger, Elizabeth Vision
  Reninger, Elizabeth Wood Pile
  Rilke, Rainer Maria Duration of Childhood
  Rilke, Rainer Maria For your sake poets sequester themselves
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Man Watching
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Second Elegy (from The Duino Elegies)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel the grace showered on me (from Uttering Her Name)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin By the God who was in pre-eternity living and moving and omnipotent, everlasting
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin come
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I'm neither beautiful nor ugly
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Like This
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin look at love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Love is Here
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin No end to the journey
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Now comes the final merging
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin On Love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Sacrifice your intellect in love for the Friend
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Seizing my life in your hands, you thrashed me clean
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin That moon which the sky never saw
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The glow of the light of daybreak is in your emerald vault, the goblet of the blood of twilight is your blood-measuring bowl
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The minute I heard my first love story
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The Sun Must Come
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin There is some kiss we want
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin This love sacrifices all souls, however wise, however "awakened"
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin This moment
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin What I want is to see your face
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Whoever finds love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin You have fallen in love my dear heart
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin A World with No Boundaries (Ghazal 363)
  Sa'di If one His praise of me would learn
  Sa'di In Love
  Sanai, Hakim Love's conqueror is he
  Sanai, Hakim Mystic Chat
  Sanai, Hakim Streaming
  Sanai, Hakim Then through that dim murkiness
  Saraha The Royal Song of Saraha (Dohakosa)
  Sarmad Companion
  Sarmad To the dignified station of love I was raised
  Sarmast, Sachal Neither did I roll rosary, nor did I ponder and pray
  Sarmast, Sachal 'Tis not in religion I believe
  Shabistari, Mahmud Sun-Reflections (from The Secret Rose Garden)
  Shabistari, Mahmud The Beloved Guest (from The Secret Rose Garden)
  Shabistari, Mahmud The Tavern Haunters
  silent lotus Hurdles
  silent lotus In the Clearing
  Silesius, Angelus God, whose love and joy are present everywhere
  Singh, Darshan How did I ever think silence the language of love?
  Singh, Darshan In what state was I
  Solovyov, Vladimir Three Meetings
  Stein, Edith I Will Remain With You...
  Stein, Edith Novena Of The Holy Spirit
  Surdas Krishna Awakes
  Symeon the New Theologian How is it I can love You
  Symeon the New Theologian We awaken in Christ's body
  Szymborska, Wislawa I'm Working on the World
  T'ao Ch'ien In youth I could not do what everyone else did
  Tagore, Rabindranath I touch God in my song
  Tagore, Rabindranath (38) I want thee, only thee (from Gitanjali)
  Teasdale, Sara I Am Not Yours
  Teasdale, Sara Oh You Are Coming
  Teasdale, Sara Two Songs for Solitude
  Teresa of Avila I Live Without Living In Me
  Teresa of Avila In the Hands of God
  Teresa of Avila My Beloved One is Mine
  Teresa of Avila Oh Exceeding Beauty
  Teresa of Avila On Those Words "I am for My Beloved"
  Thayumanavar Prayer to Being - Let Us Contemplate
  Thayumanavar To have reached the state of impassivity that holds (from Bliss that is Perfect Full)
  Therese of Lisieux The Atom of Jesus-Host
  Therese of Lisieux My Song for Today
  Therese of Lisieux The Divine Dew
  Thompson, Francis The Hound of Heaven
  Tilopa Song of the Mahamudra (Tilopa's Song to Naropa)
  Tiruvalluvar Love
  Traherne, Thomas Love
  Traherne, Thomas My Spirit
  Trungpa, Chogyam Expose
  Tukaram Can water drink itself?
  Tukaram Thou art more kind than mother dear
  Tulsi Sahib The Rainy Season
  Underhill, Evelyn Corpus Christi
  Underhill, Evelyn Dynamic Love
  Vidyapati All my inhibition left me in a flash
  Vidyapati My friend, I cannot answer when you ask me to explain
  Vidyapati The moon has shone upon me
  Walters, Dorothy Ruined by Your Beauty
  Walters, Dorothy Taken
  Wei, Wang My Cottage at Deep South Mountain
  Whitman, Walt [2] Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [7] Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born? (from Song of Myself)
  Wordsworth, William For I have learned (from Tintern Abbey)
  Yeats, William Butler Crazy Jane and God
  Yeats, William Butler The Secret Rose
  Yogananda, Paramahansa Prayer for the Great Enlightenment
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