Friday, April 30, 2010

Stranger in His Country

My Greatest Need Is You
by Rabi'ah al-Adawiyya


Your hope in my heart the rarest treasure,
Your Name on my tongue the sweetest word,
My choicest hours my hours with you --
O God, I cannot live in this world
Without remembrance of You;
How then could I endure the next
Without vision of Your face?
I am a stranger in Your country,
solitary among Your worshippers:
This is the heart of my complaint.

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