The messenger brings sad news,
But words cannot obscure the truth:
Write 'prison' on the garden gate;
That word does not a prison make.
#775: From Rumi's
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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