In praise of coffee

Oldest poem written about Turkish coffee

 

Oh coffee, you dispel the worries of the great,
you point the way to those who have wandered from
the path of knowledge. Coffee is the drink of the
friends of God, and of His servants who seek wisdom. 

As coffee steeps in the cup is givesoff a musky
aroma and turns the colour of ink. No one can understand

the truth until he drinks of its frothy goodness.
Those who condemn coffee as causing man harm are
fools in the eyes of God. 

Coffee is the common man’s gold, andlike gold it
brings to every man the feeling of luxury and nobility.
Coffee differs from pure, gentle milk only in its taste
and colour. Take time in your preparation of coffee and
God will be with you and bless you and your table.
Where coffee is served there is grace and splendour and 

friendship and happiness.

All cares vanish as the coffee cup israised to the
lips. Coffee flows through your body as freely as your
life’s blood, refreshing all that it touches: look you at
the youth and vigour of those who drink it.

Whoever tastes coffee will foreverforswear the liquor
of the grape. Oh drink of God’s glory, your purity
brings man only well-being and nobility.

 

Sheikh Ansari Djezeri Hanball Abd-al-Kadir

The Coffee Saint, Sufi Mystic,

1587

 

 

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