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An entire lifetime we have remained captives

          in our own cage.

This much is clear: we cannot stay settled

          in this trap.

O Beloved, cast a glance our way;

          have mercy,

for we are the poor and destitute

          of Your lane.

O auspicious master, you who pay no

          attention to us,

through your love our hearts grow young,

          however old we may be.

Ever since your sun-like love brought light

          to the house of the heart

our minds have been at peace,

          far from both cleric and king.

Once we heard Gabriel’s call

          at the tavern door,

we became strangers to the melodies and songs

          of the world.

Come back and take this self away,

          that only You might remain:

We’ve been weary and fed up with our own existence

          for such a long time.

We’ve washed our hands of everything

          that You might bestow light:

We’ve surrendered our heads on Your path

          and lie ready to die at Your feet.

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