Was such a drunk ever seen in the tavern of love,
Or such broken and shabby old vats to hold the wine?
The courtyard's awash in wine, overflowing the sky --
Was such a full cup ever seen in a drunkard's hand?
#684, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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