'When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy,
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Poenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber nad ebony,
and such sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Eqyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to last it for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca wil offer you with riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you found her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.
translated by Rae Dalven
(Quoted from 'The Zahir')