My heart, if you can't take the sorrow, go.
The streets are full of homeless lovers; go.
My soul, come now, if you are not afraid.
But if you fear, your work is not here: go.
#1548, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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