If you are loyal, keeper of secrets,
Don't give the game of those lost hearts away.
It's a game, but its fire is so very real
That it kills the lover at play.
#1913, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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