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O boy since you are learned in all secrets
Why do you grieve so much after vain things ?
Since things will not shape themselves according to your desire
For heaven’s sake be happy in this moment of your existence

 

F4 49

Would you that spangle of Existence spend
About THE SECRET--quick about it, Friend!
A Hair perhaps divides the False and True--
And upon what, prithee, may life depend?

F4 50

A Hair perhaps divides the False and True,
Yes; and a single Alif were the clue--
Could you but find it--to the Treasure-house,
And peradventure to THE MASTER too;

HA 49a & 50a

Oh Boy! since thou art learned in all secrets,
Why grieve so much after vain cares?
If things will not shape themselves according to thy desire,
At any rate be happy in this moment of thy existence.

Nic 419

Puisque tu connais tous les secrets, ô mon garçon, pourquoi es-tu en proie à tant de vains tourments? J'admets que les choses ne marchent pas selon tes désirs, mais au moins sois gai en ce moment où tu respires encore.

P 766

Albeit nought go to the wish of thy heart,
For this moment thou livest, take life in good part:
Since the soul of all myst'ries, O youngling, thou art,
Of all this vain-grieving why suffer the smart?

Th 566

Although affairs to your wish never go.
Be glad in what the moment doth bestow.
Since of all secrets, boy, you are the soul,
Why all this grieving vain and care below?

Wh 458

You know all secrets of this earthly sphere,
Why then remain a prey to empty fear?
You can not bend things to your will, but yet
Cheer up for the few moments you are here!

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