[O my Lord]

By Rabi'a
Translated by Jane Hirshfield
O my Lord,
if I worship you
from fear of hell, burn me in hell.
If I worship you
from hope of Paradise, bar me from its gates.
But if I worship you
for yourself alone, grant me then the beauty of your Face.

Rabi’a, “[O my Lord]” translated by Jane Hirshfield, from Women in Praise of the Sacred (New York: Harper Collins, 1994).
Source: Women in Praise of the Sacred (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1994)
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