...(Mantiq ut-Tair, in Arabic), by Farid ud-Din Attar
The Hoopee replied: 'Oh Nightingale, you who would stay behind dazzled by the exterior form of things, cease to delight in an attachment so deluding. Your love of the rose has many thorns; it has disturbed and dominated you. Although the Rose is fair, her beauty is soon gone. One who seeks self-perfection should not become the slave of a love so passing. If the smile of the rose arouses your desire it will only fill your days and nights with lamentations. Forsake the Rose and blush for yourself: for she laughs at you with each new spring and then she laughs no more.'