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Oh, Wind, kindly tell that tender gazelle;'ve exiled us--crazed--to wilderness.

The sugar merchant--may he live long--

.....would he not remember that sugar-craving parrot?

Did the vanity of your beauty forbid--oh, rose-- ask after the love-sick nightingale?

The wise will hunt with humor and kindness;

.....traps and harnesses will not hold the gifted bird.

I know not why there is no sign of recognition

.....from that tall, black-eyed beauty's face.

When you sit drinking with the beloved,

.....remember those who're absent: toasted them once!

Nothing more need be said about your faults: and charity are absent from a beautiful face.

No wonder in heaven--Hafez says--

The song of Venus brings dance to the feet of The Messiah.

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

-- 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...

-- For long, our heart has yearned to possess Jamsheed's Cup...
Saalhaa del talabeh jaam-e jam az maa mikard...

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