For love of you, my soul soars in the sky
As your kindness plucks music on its strings.
The smallest favor that you grant your slave
Is greater than a thousand years of prayer brings.
#939, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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