May grief and sadness come to the unfaithful heart,
And in this world may betrayal play a smaller part.
Sadness is the only friend who stays with me, still true,
And for that, loyal sadness, a thousand thanks to you.
#537, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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