Never, in sooth, does the lover seek without being sought
by his beloved.
When the lightning of love has shot into this heart, know
that there is love in that heart.
When love of God waxes in thy heart, beyond any doubt
God hath love for thee.
No sound of clapping comes from one hand without the
Divine Wisdom is destiny and decree made us lovers of one
Because of that fore-ordainment every part of the world is
paired with its mate.
In the view of the wise, Heaven is man and Earth woman:
Earth fosters what Heaven lets fall.
When Earth lacks heat, Heaven sends it; when she has lost
her freshness and moisture, Heaven restores it.
Heaven goes on his rounds, like a husband foraging for the
And Earth is busy with housewiferies: she attends to births
and suckling that which she bears.
Regard Earth and Heaven as endowed with intelligence,
since they do the work of intelligent beings.
Unless these twain taste pleasure from one another, why
are they creeping together like sweethearts?
Without the Earth, how would flower and tree blossom?
what, then, would Heaven’s water and heat produce?
As God put desire in man and woman to the end that the
world should be preserved by their union,
So hath He implanted in every part of existence the desire
for another part.
Day and Night are enemies outwardly; yet both serve one
Each in love with the other for the sake of perfecting their
Without Night, the nature of Man would receive no
income, so there would be nothing for Day to spend.