My heart delights in the garden of your face
And the honey of your cruelty's bitter taste.
Of the sorrow itself, I do not complain
But only your pleasure at hearing my pain.
#1259, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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