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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


Poems from Oriental Languages: Ghazel: The World

(Turkish—Fifteenth Century)

Translation in Dublin University Magazine

TO this khan—and from this khan

How many pilgrims came—and went too!

In this khan—and by this khan

What arts were spent—what hearts were rent too!

To this khan—and from this khan,

Which for penance Man is sent to,

Many a van and caravan

Crowded came—and shrouded went too!

Christian man and Mosleman,

Guebre, Heathen, Jew, and Gentoo,

To this khan—and from this khan

Weeping came—and sleeping went too!

A riddle this since Time began

Which many a sage his mind hath bent to;

All came and went, but never man

Knew whence they came or where they went to!