A History of Ottoman Poetry, Volume 1

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Luzac, 1900 - Turkish poetry
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Page 171 - God is the light of the heavens and the earth ; His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, and the lamp is in a glass ; the glass is as though it were a glittering star ; it is lit from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the east nor of the west, the oil of which would well-nigh give light though no fire touched it — light upon light ! God guides to His light whom He pleases ; and God strikes out parables for men, and God all things doth know.
Page 350 - Verily, we offered the trust" to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and shrank from it ; but man bore it : verily, he is ever unjust and ignorant.
Page 171 - Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; His light is like a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp in glass and the glass like a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree...
Page 297 - On them shall be garments of green embroidered satin and brocade! and they shall be adorned with bracelets of silver...
Page 6 - Ottoman literature as EJW Gibb did not hesitate to write summarily: "That great race to which the Ottomans belong . . . has never produced any religion, philosophy or literature which bears the stamp of .individual...
Page xiv - Most of the letters have four forms in writing, depending on whether they occur at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a word or whether they stand separately.
Page 372 - And Moses said unto his brother Aaron, ' Be thou my vicegerent amongst my people, and do what is right, and follow not the path of the evildoers.' And when Moses came to our appointment, and his Lord spake unto him, he said, 'O my Lord! show me, —that I may look on thee!' He said, ' Thou canst not see me; but look upon the mountain, and if it remain steady in its place, thou shalt see me;' but when his Lord appeared unto the mountain He made it dust, and Moses fell down in a swoon!
Page 12 - The Turks knew but one literature, that of Persia on which they had been reared. And thus this brilliant literature became, not by selection, but by force of circumstances, the model after which the Turks should fashion that they were about to found.
Page 53 - And even than the angels must I further win — (All things perish except His face). Offered up once again from the angel, I shall become That which entereth not the imagination, that shall I become! Let me then become non-existence, for non-existence like the organ Pealeth to me, 'Verily unto Him do we return.
Page 219 - Follow our path, we will bear your sins;' but they could not bear their sins at all; verily, they are liars! But they shall surely bear their own burdens, and burdens with their burdens; and they shall surely be asked upon the resurrection day concerning what they did devise. And we sent Noah to his people, and he dwelt among them for a thousand years save fifty years ; and the deluge overtook them while they were unjust: but we saved him and the fellows of the ark, and we made it a sign unto the...

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