Rayhana : All I need

We are told that Rayhana ‘the Enraptured’ was a female 8th c. mystic, but very little information is available about her. She is said to have had the following poem inscribed inside her collar.

You are my intimate friend
my aspiraiton
my joy

My heart
to love
other than you

O my dear
my aspiration
all I desire…

My yearning for you
grows and grows
when can I see you?

I desire not
that Lofty Paradise

All I desire
is to see your face

Translation Omid Safi

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