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Wherever I traveled,

          You were manifest;

wherever I looked,

          You were visible.

Whether in idol-temples or the Kaaba,

          synagogues or churches,

I saw people searching for You;

          You were everyone’s beloved. 

I sought only You in every person I met

          and every place I went;

You were there in every perceptible trace,

          whether on the outside or within.

In the marketplace of love,

          it was revealed

that You were

          both the seller and the buyer.

In every heart whispering of love

          for an idol,

that idol was but a pretext:

          You were both heart and beloved.

From pre- to post-eternity

          throughout the world,

You were all that was hidden or revealed,

          bountiful or scarce. 

If You have bestowed light

          and stolen my heart and faith,

this is because You are heart, faith,

          and the illuminator of all light.

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