The song of the spheres in their revolutions
Is what men sing with lute and voice.
As we all are members of Adam,
We have heard these melodies in Paradise.
Though earth and water have cast their veil upon us,
We retain faint reminiscences of these heavenly songs;
But while we are thus shrouded by gross earthly veils,
How can the tones of the dancing spheres reach us?
'The Mystics of Islam'
By Reynold A. Nicholson (Author)
Long considered one of the classic texts in the field respected by both scholars and those ... interest[ed] in [Islamic] mysticism.
(From a review in the online journal Living Tradition)
Nicholson's Mystics of Islam was the first book in the West to offer a lucid ... sympathetic picture of Islamic mysticism.
(Annnemarie Schimmel, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and author of Mystical Dimensions of Islam)