If they all leave me, my love, don't go.
Friend, who drinks my sadness up, don't go.
Fill my cup with wine, and your sweet laugh.
Please, good Saghi, who lights the world, don't go.
#1579, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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