As long as I have my own cup of milk,
By God, I won't covet anyone's honey.
Beat me with canes till death if you will,
I won't sell my freedom for slavery.
#1202: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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