If you are not the King
what meaning is there in a kingly entourage?
If the beautiful one is not inside you
what is that light hidden under your cloak?
From a distance you tremble with fear –
Can’t you see the mighty warrior
standing ready in your heart?
The fire of his eyes has burned away every veil,
So why do you remain behind the curtain,
scared of what you cannot see? –
Open your eyes! The Beloved
is staring you right in the face!
If a master has not placed
His light in your heart,
What joy can you find in this world? –
every flower is lifeless,
and sweet wine has no taste.