How many a generous rain has poured,
so that the sea could scatter pearl!
How many a sun of blessing has shone,
so that clouds and seas might learn!
The sunbeams of Wisdom struck the soil,
so that earth might receive seed:
the soil is faithful to its trust—
whatever you sow, you reap.
The soil’s faithfulness comes from that Faithful One,
since the Sun of Justice shines on it.
[Mathnawi I: 501-511, tr. Kabir & Camille Helminski, The Rumi Daybook]