Wine puts him to sleep who has no news,
But having word from her, how could he sleep?
All night long, love speaks in both my ears:
"Shame on him who sleeps alone without her."
#485, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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