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For long, our heart has yearned to possess Jamsheed's Cup,

.....begging for what it already possesses,

Like a pearl, floating out of its cosmic shell,

.....begging for help from those, themselves lost in the sea.

Yesternight, I took my question to the wise Magi, all accounts the arbiter of resolutions.

I saw him! Cheerful, full of laughter, a cup of wine in hand,

scanning that ruby mirror with his eyes--a hundred times!

I asked, "Oh, sage, who gifted you this cup of perceptions--when?"

.....He replied, "When this azured Dome, He was fashioning last.

God walked with a blind man under all conditions.

.....Failing to recognize Him, he cried, 'Oh, where are you, God?'

See! That friend, whose head adorns that gallows pole:

.....he sinned! Yes, he was a revealer of hidden secrets!

If the Holy Spirit once again intervenes,

.....many might do what the Messiah did."

I asked, "Those ringlets on the idols' curls - for what purpose?"

He replied, "Hafez is just bemoaning his love-sick heart!"

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-- Tousled hair, sweating, a smile on her lips--drunk!...
Zolf aashofteh o khoy karedeh o khandaan lab o mast...

-- Oh, Wind, kindly tell that tender gazelle...
Sabaa belotf begoo aan ghazaleh ra'naa raa...

-- Would that Shirazi Turk behold our heart; then...
Agar aan torkeh shiraazee bedast aarad deleh maa raa...

-- From mosque to tavern sauntered our guru--yesternight...
Doosh az masjed sooyeh meykhaaneh aamad peereh maa...

-- Come, Sufi, see the clear mirror in the cup...
Soofi bi-yaa keh aayneh saafeest jam raa

-- Arise! Fill the golden cup--with joyous tidings...
Kheez o dar kaaseh zar aabeh tarabnaak andaaz...

-- Do not grieve: Joseph, lost, he returns to Canaan...
Yoosefeh ghom ghashteh baaz aayad beh kan'aan gham makhor...

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