I'm mad; and if mad, then sleep is a sin.
How should a madman know the path to sleep?
God sleeps not and is the purer for it.
Just so, God's lover keeps himself from sleep.
#336: From Rumi's
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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