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THE QUATRAINS OF

357.

If Allah wills me not to will aright,
How can I frame my will to will aright?
    Each single act I will must needs be wrong,
Since none but He has power to will aright.


358.

"For once, while roses are in bloom," I said,
"I'll break the law, and please myself instead,
    With blooming youths, and maidens' tulip cheeks
The plain shall blossom like a tulip-bed."


359.

Think not I am existent of myself,
Or walk this blood-stained pathway of myself;
    This being is not I, it is of Him.
Pray what, and where, and whence is this 'myself?'


357.   C. L. A. I. J.

358.   L. N.   Rozí, ya i batní, or tankír. (?)   See note on No. 199.