I ask that God in justice punish me

I ask that God in justice punish me

With death, if my love waver or grow less;

Faithful am I indeed —

How can you comprehend such faithfulness?

To you alone I offer up my heart,

To any other what have I to give?

No light demand I make,

What answer will you grant that I may live?

If on the last dread Day of Reckoning

I think of you, and in my heart there shine

The beauty of your face,

God's Beatific Vision shall be mine.

Once I had friends, now none are left to me;

I see none else but you, because my heart

Has wholly fled to you,

And thus I walk the ways of Earth apart.

I, Asif, am the chief of sinners held,

This dark dishonour will I not deny,

But glory in my shame;

Where is another sinner such as I?

Author of original: 
Asif
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