„The green of my garden, my sweet sugar, my treasure, my love who cares for nothing in this world.
My master of Egypt, my Joseph, my everything, the queen of my heart's realm.
My Stanbul, my Karaman, my land of the Roman Caesers,
My Badahshan, my Kipcak, my Baghdad, and Khorasan.
O my love of black hair with bow-like eyebrows, with langourous perfidius eyes.
If I die you are my killer, O merciless, infidel woman.“
— Suleiman Sultan of the Ottoman Empire 1494 - 1566
Mansel, Philip, Constantinople: city of the world's desire 1453-1924 (1995), p. 84 Written to his wife - see the article Hurrem for another translation of this verse.