Ottoman Poetry – Shahi, Prince Bayezid

June 12, 2009  |  Thoughts

Prince Bayezid was was one of the sons of Sultan Suleyman I. The Prince is described as being most amiable and accomplished, and beloved by the people and the soldiery, many of the latter accompanying him in his Persian exile.

SHAHI (Prince Bayezid) 969 AH [1561 CE]

With longing food and vain, why should I make my soul to mourn?
One trace of love of earth holds not my heart- all is forsworn.
There ready stands the caravan. to Death’s dim realms addrest,
E’en now the tinkling of its bells down on my ears in borne. [1]
Come then, O bird, my soul, be still, disquiet leave far off;
See, how this cage, the body, is with years and suffering worn.
But yet, to weary, wasted sin-stained SHAHI, what of fear?
Since Thou’rt the God of Love, the helping Friend of those forlorn!

[1] Bells are worn by beasts in a caravan. The meaning is: “The animals are being harnessed for the journey, and I shall soon be off.”

[Translation and notes by EJW Gibb]


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