Ibn al-Fāriḍ: My heart told me… -ابن الفارض : قلبي يحدّثني

A portion of one of my all-time favorite poems, beautifully recited

 

                         قلْبي يُحدّثُني بأنّكَ مُتلِفي
  روحي فداكَ عرفتَ أمْ لمْ تعرفِ
                  لم أقضِ حقَّ هَوَاكَ إن كُنتُ الذي
لم أقضِ فيهِ أسى ً، ومِثلي مَن يَفي
               ما لي سِوى روحي، وباذِلُ نفسِهِ
في حبِّ منْ يهواهُ ليسَ بمسرفِ
                   فَلَئنْ رَضيتَ بها، فقد أسْعَفْتَني
يا خيبة َ المسعى إذا لمْ تسعفِ

 

Literal Translation:
 My heart told me that you are my destroyer
        My soul is your hostage, whether you know it or not
I have not honored the right of your love
         If I do not die in it sorrowfully, and doesn’t one like me honor [the rights of love]?
What do I have but my soul? And the one who gives his soul
         for the one he loves is not prodigal
If you are pleased by it [my soul], then you draw near to me
        O futility of effort, if you don’t come close to me!

 

A more musical performance:

 

One thought on “Ibn al-Fāriḍ: My heart told me… -ابن الفارض : قلبي يحدّثني

Leave a Reply to school of applied science Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *