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Do not grieve: Joseph, lost, he returns to Canaan;

.....the hut of sorrow turns to a rose garden, do not grieve.

This heart, mournful, it will heal, do not despair;

.....this head, frenzied, it will heal, do not grieve.

Perchance, Heaven denies our desires for a day--or, two:

.....there is no constancy to the motion of the time, do not grieve!

If the spring of life climbs the green throne of the meadow:, the song bird, again will dance with the rose, do not grieve.

Despair! Who is privy to the mystery of the invisible?

.....Behind the curtain, such hidden games--do not grieve!

When the rushing flood of doom slashes your life:

.....Noah is your captain in this gale, do not grieve.

In the barren desert if treading in the delight of Kaaba and

.....the thorn bush sutures your feet in blame, do not grieve.

Oh, the home is fraught with danger, destination void:

.....but there is not a single path--no end, do not grieve!

Separation from the beloved, importuning of the rival:

.....all is known to the God of the universe, do not grieve.

Hafez, in the depths of poverty and the void of dark nights,

your benediction from the Koran, do not grieve

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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...

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

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