Now do I exorcise thee with thy own incantation '). Blunt be the iron, sharp the incantation!
White is the flower of the confession of faith — the limitless sea is the kingdom of my Lord.
Twenty attributes (hath God), name of God's majesty! — My body is of a truth the possession of my Lord.
A drop of water in the palm of the hand — who knoweth the art of bathing himself in the glitter thereof?
It is my Lord alone who may thus bathe; — none other may bathe himself in the glitter thereof2).
O soydilah 3), O Abdulqadir — may all (red-hot) chains be affected by the incantation !
May they be as cold as water, may they be powdered like dust through the blessed influence of our noble teacher!
Ya ho alah; ya ho mèëlóë 4)— o iron! thou art under the influence of exorcism.
O Allah! There is a conflict in the cause of Allah!5) O for help in the conflict in the cause of Allah!
The sibon-bon bush, its flowers are withered — they lie disconsolately round the stalk.
1) It is a great sccrct of all formules of exorcism against objects or beings injurious to man, to throw in their teeth their own names, their origin or a description of their nature, or resist them with an incantation in some way derived from that against which it is used.
2) Both these verses contain allusions of a profoundly mystic nature.
3) Sec page 253. 4) See page 253.
5) The common expression for the holy war.