Look at her dark hair, her grace as she stands.
Think of the sweetness of those ruby lips.
"Your kiss for alms," I begged,
"for goodness' sake."
She turned, laughed: "Think what a profit
#867: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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