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If I talk of the mystery with Thee in a tavern
It is better than if I make my devotions before the Mihrab without Thee
O Thou ! the first & last of all created beings
Burn me and Thou wilt, or cherish me an Thou wilt.

 

Bodl 2

If I talk of the mystery with Thee in a tavern,
it is better than if I make my devotions before the Mihrab without Thee.
O Thou, the first and last of all created beings!
burn me an Thou wilt, or cherish me an Thou wilt.

Chr 52

If I tell Thee my secrets in the tavern, it is better
than to perform the prayer in the mihráb without Thee.
O Thou, the beginning and the end of all creation.
burn me, if such is Thy will, cherish me, if such is Thy will.

F4 77

And this I know: whether the one True Light
Kindle to Love, or Wrath-consume me quite,
One Flash of It within the Tavern caught
Better than in the Temple lost outright.

HA 77

If I talk of the mystery with Thee in a tavern,
It is better than if I make my devotions before the Mihrab without Thee.
O Thou, the first and last of all created beings,
Burn me an Thou wilt, or cherish me an Thou wilt.

Nic 222

J'aime mieux être avec toi dans la taverne, et te dire là mes secrètes pensées, que d'aller sans toi faire la prière au méhrab. Oui ô Créateur de tout ce qui fut et de tout ce qui est! telle est ma foi, soit que tu me fasses brûler, soit que tu m'accordes tes faveurs.

P 465

In the tavern with Thee better secrets to say
Than without Thee it were in the prayer-niche to pray!
O Thou, of all creatures the First and the Last,
At Thy pleasure, caress or consume me away!

Th 305

In taverns better I commune with Thee
Than far from Thee in mosques feign piety;
O Thou of all created first and last!
If Thou wilt, burn, if Thou wilt, cherish me!

Wh 262

In taverns better far commune with Thee,
Than pray in mosques, and fail Thy face to see!
O first and last of all Thy creatures
Thou,'Tis Thine to burn, and Thine to cherish me!

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