A nightingale with a beautiful voice
Sang by a stream: 'You can make a flower
Of jewels and gold, even add perfume,
But it won't have a flower's true bloom.
#1880: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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