On the bank of the river

On the bank of the river,
water is grudged by that one alone
who is blind to the flowing stream.
Bar lab-e ju bokhl-e ‘b ‘n-r bovad
ku ze ju-ye ‘b n’-bin bovad
— Mathnawi II:894
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Daylight”
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy¡ Monastra

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