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Ibn El-Arabi - The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq - At Dhú Salam and the monastery



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Ibn El-Arabi - The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, tr. Reynold A. Nicholson, [1911]

At Dhú Salam and the monastery in the abode of al-Ḥimá, are gazelles who show thee the sun in the forms of marble statues.
Therefore I watch spheres and serve in a church and guard a many-coloured meadow in the spring.
And at one time I am called the herdsman of the gazelles in the desert, and at another time I am called a Christian monk and an astrologer.
My Beloved is three although He is One, even as the Persons are made one Person in essence.
 So be not displeased, O friend, that I speak of gazelles that move round the marble statues as 'a shining sun',
Or that I use metaphorically the necks of the gazelles, the face of the sun, and the breast and wrist of the white statue,
 Just as I have lent to the branches endowments and to the meadows moral qualities, and to the lightning laughing lips.

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Ibn El-Arabi

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