Good morning good and worthy friendDoes anyone know the source for the 13th footnote in the Seven Valleys? Much of my favorite quoted material comes from this source and my copy lists this source simply as "Persian mystic poem". Any help would be appreciated.
This poem is touched upon in this item at Baha'i Library Online - when you are on the page, just search for 'a lover is' and you will go straight to it:A lover is he who is chill in hell fire;
A knower is he who is dry in the sea.
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if by the 13th footnote you mean this:
"A knower is he who is dry in the sea."
then this is from the first poem (ghazal) of Attar in his book of poems; Ghazaliat.
Thank you so much WalrusAha!!
That makes a lot of sense that it would be Attar, since a lot of his other poetry is cited throughout the Seven Valleys, and that the Seven Valleys itself is essentially built from the groundwork laid by Attar's Conference of the Birds.
Thanks for the clarification!! And good to hear you've found a viable proxy!!
It is admirable how you could find the source of the "spider and phoenix" quote You must be interested in Persian mysticism, are you?It's not the footnote that was requested, but in a sort-of similarity to this topic, I found another line "How can feeble reason encompass the Qur’án, Or the spider snare a phoenix in his web?" that is referenced only as "Persian Mystic Poem" is also from Attar, from the Ilāhī-Nāmah.
So by this point in time I'd wager everything referenced as simply a "Persian Mystic Poem" is from Attar.
Honestly, I wasn't even looking for it. I just sort of stumbled across the line when reading Attar and said "Oh hey, I recognize that."It is admirable how you could find the source of the "spider and phoenix" quote
Pretty much, right now I'm seeking out the Ilāhī-Nāmah in English, but unfortunately so far I've only found a partial translation so far.You must be interested in Persian mysticism, are you?