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MYSTIQUE DE LA LANGUE

« Nul mortel n’a pu Te voir,

Mille amoureux Te désirent pourtant… »

            Hafez

 

Quand notre langue, mon Prince, se heurte à l’indicible

Et que les mots ne peuvent plus dire les noms des choses,

Appuie ton cœur muet contre le cœur des roses

Qui fait chanter dans l’âme les sons de l’inaudible !

 

            Athanase Vanthev de Thracy

Glose :

Hâfiz ou Hafez (Chams al-Dîn Muhammad) – (vers 1320 – vers 1389) : le plus grand poète lyrique persan. Il ne quitta pratiquement jamais sa ville natale Chiraz, malgré les offres des princes iraniens des diverses régions. Après de brillantes études en théologie et en langue et littérature arabes, il enseigna ces matières ainsi que l’exégèse coranique (d’où son nom littéraire Hâfiz, « celui qui connaît par coeur le Coran ») dans une medersa. Il perfectionna le ghazal (poème d’amour). Une partie de sa poésie s’enveloppe de mystère en raison d’une symbolique profonde et ésotérique. Son tombeau, aux portes de Chiraz, est encore un lieu de pèlerinage.

 

ENGLISH (My translation into English) :

MYSTIC OF THE LANGUAGE

 

‘No useless mortal was able to see You,

Thousand and thousand lovers wish You nevertheless … ‘

            Hafez

 

When our language, my Prince, collides with the unspeakable,

When the words cannot say any more the names of things,

Rest your dumb heart against the fragrant heart of the roses

Which makes sing in the soul the sounds of the inaudible!

 

ENGLISH (NORTON HODGES' TRANSLATION) :

A Mystic On Language

 'No mortal has ever seen You,
yet a thousand lovers desire You...'

               Hafiz

 

My Prince, when our language meets the limit of the expressible
and words are no longer of use for naming things,
press your heart against the mute heart of these roses
and you will hear the song of the inaudible in your soul!

translated from the French of Athanase Vantchev de Thracy by Norton Hodges

09.10.05.

Notes:

Hafez or Hafiz (Shams al-Din Muhammad) : the greatest Persian (Iranian) mystic and lyric poet. He was born in Shiraz circa 1320 and dyed in the same town circa 1389. Hafiz was son of a certain Baha-ud-Din.

His lyrical poems of love, called ghazals in Arabic, are noted for their beauty and bring to fruition the mystical love, and early Sufist themes that had long pervaded Persian poetry. Later of brilliant studies in theology and in Arabic language and literature, he taught those subjects as well as the Koranic exegesis (where from his literary name Hâfiz, ‘the one who knows by heart the Koran’) in a medersa (Koranic University). His grave, near Shiraz, is until now a place of pilgrimage.