Part 25 - How the vizier started another plan to mislead the (Christian) folk

    549    The vizier formed in his mind another plan: he abandoned preaching and sat alone in seclusion. 550   He inspired ardour in his disciples from (their) longing (to see him); he...


Part 25 - How the vizier started another plan to mislead the (Christian) folk

 

 

549

  

The vizier formed in his mind another plan: he abandoned preaching and sat alone in seclusion.

550

 

He inspired ardour in his disciples from (their) longing (to see him); he remained in seclusion forty or fifty days.

551

 

The people became mad from longing for him and on account of being separated from his (spiritual) feeling and discourse and intuition.

552

 

They were making supplication and lament, while he in solitude was bent double by austerities.

553

 

They said, “Without thee we have no light: how (what) is the state of a blind man without a leader?

554

 

By way of showing favour (to us) and for God's sake, do not keep us parted from thee any longer.

555

 

We are as children and thou art our nurse: do thou spread over us that shadow (of thy protection).”

556

 

He said, “My soul is not far from them that love (me), but there is no permission to come forth.”

557

 

Those amírs came for intercession, and the disciples came in reproach,

558

 

Saying, “O noble sir, what a misfortune is this for us! Without thee we are left orphaned (deprived) of our hearts and our religion.

559

 

Thou art making a pretence while we in grief are heaving cold (fruitless) sighs from the burning heat of our hearts.

560

 

We have become accustomed to thy sweet discourse, we have drunk of the milk of thy wisdom.

561

 

Allah! Allah! do not thou (O vizier) treat us with such cruelty: show kindness to-day, do not (put off till) to-morrow.

562

 

Does thy heart give to thee (consent) that these who have lost their hearts (to thee) should at last, being without thee, become (numbered) amongst them that have nothing left?

563

 

They all are writhing like fishes on dry land: let loose the water, remove the dam from the stream.

564

 

O thou like whom there is none in the world, for God's sake, for God's sake, come to the aid of thy people!”

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