I've read something like this before. Can't think where. A translation of one of the Sufis no doubt- maybe Iraqi? We used to have a much loved copy of E.G. Brown's 'Literary History of Persia' on the bookshelf. must have a root around for it- though I suppose it's available online for Kindle.
I was thinking of those lines of Yeats at the end of the film A.I- 'Come away, O human child!To the waters and the wildWith a faery, hand in hand.For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.'E.O. Brown's Literary History of Persia was a great favorite of mine. I think only one volume is available for Kindle on Project Guttenberg.I've often borrowed from Brown, like his 'Whatever in all the world is Grief & GallThey mix them up, the mixture Love they call'to get'Gather up all the Grief and Gall the three Worlds affordPress in a cup; 'tis Love a la mode'There are some wonderful scholarly studies of Arabi and Iraqi and so on, on the Web but I really should order some books. any suggestions?