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Tousled hair, sweating, a smile on her lips--drunk!

.....Slashed-shirt, a song on her lips, the cup in her hand.

The flower of her eyes: an argument; her lips filled with regret:

.....yesternight she came to my bed--and sat!

She brought her lips to my ear and sang--melancholic voice--

....."Oh, my inveterate lover: are you asleep!?

Given to such nocturnal wine, a lover,

.....if not a drunk, the lover's traitor be!"

Go, you virtuous hermit--find no fault with those in pain,

.....the only gift we receive from our Fate.

Whatever He poured into our cup, we drank:

.....if heavenly nectar--if the intoxicating wine!

Oh, the laughter of that wine cup--the curly hair of the beloved:

How many contrition, broken like the repentance of Hafez!

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-- 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...

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

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