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BY YUNUS EMRE

Your love has wrested me away from me,

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

Day and night I burn, gripped by agony,

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

 

I find no great joy in being alive,

If I cease to exist, I would not grieve,

The only solace I have is your love,

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

 

Lovers yearn for you, but your love slays them,

At the bottom of the sea it lays them,

It has God's images-it displays them;

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

 

Let me drink the wine of love sip by sip,

Like Majnun1, live in the hills in hardship,

Day and night, care for you holds me in its grip,

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

 

Even if, at the end, they make me die

And scatter my ashes up to the sky,

My pit would break into this outcry:

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

 

“Yunus Emre the mystic” is my name,

Each passing day fans and rouses my flame,

What I desire in both worlds in the same:

You're the one I need, you're the one I crave.

 

 

Turkey, 1238-1320

Translated By Talat Sait Halman