and seen the sweetest roses blow, and brightest gliding rivers -
of all thine eyes have seen, which is the fairest land?
Child, shall I tell thee where Nature is most blest and fair?
It is where those we love abide.
Though that space be small, ample is it above kingdoms;
though it be a desert, through it runs the river of paradise,
and there are the enchanted bowers.
Ibn Ahmed Attar, 14th Century Persia