Sufi Poetry IV - Rabia al-Basri - If I Adore You

If I Adore You
Rabia al-Basri (717–801 C.E.)

If I adore You out of fear of Hell,
Burn me in Hell!
If I adore you out of desire for Paradise,
Lock me out of Paradise.
But if I adore you for Yourself alone,
Do not deny to me Your eternal beauty.