If you want victory, eternity,
Then burn in the fire of love, don't sleep.
You slept a hundred nights, what did you gain?
For God's sake, tonight don't sleep till dawn.
#109, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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