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Remembered Music by Mawlawi Rumi


"Remembered Music" is a short religious poem written by Mawlawi Rumi. The poem begins by addressing a saying of how the pipe and lute get their music from rolling spheres. This means that the music comes from somewhere else, but it is still seen as earthly. However, faith comes along and shows us where the sound truly comes from. The poem goes on to state that we are all part of Adam and even though we have forgotten much of the life Adam lived, we still get to see some parts of it and we should listen to the true music of God.

This poem entitled "Remembered Music" contains three stanzas of four lines each. It also has the rhyme scheme of AABB.


Remembered Music

'Tis said, the pipe and lute that charm our ears
Derive their melody from rolling spheres;
But Faith, o'erpassing speculation's bound,
Can see what sweetens every jangled sound.

We, who are parts of Adam, heard with him
The song of angels and of seraphim.
Our memory, though dull and sad, retains
Some echo still of those unearthly strains.

Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
The ashes glow, the latent fires increase:
We listen and are fed with joy and peace.

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