At One Glance by Mihri Khatun

At one glance
I loved you
With a thousand hearts

They can hold against me
No sin except my love for you
Come to me
Don’t go away

Let the zealots think
Loving is sinful
Never mind
Let me burn in the hellfire
Of that sin.

From: Halman, Talât Sait and Warner, Jayne L. (eds.), Nightingales & Pleasure Gardens: Turkish Love Poems, 2005, Syracuse University Press: Syracuse: New York, p. 35.

Date: c1480 (original); 2005 (translation)

By:Mihri Khatun (14??-1506)

Translated by: Talât Sait Halman (1931-2014)

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