The ravishing moon last night upon me shone:
"Not tonight," I told her, "go away."
As she left, I heard her say, "Well done, moody one,
You don't even open the door when riches come."
#1655, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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