Selected Poems of Hafiz | Translated by Ali Salami

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Ghazal 1

الا یا ایها الساقی ادر کأسا و ناولها

که عشق آسان نمود اول ولی افتاد مشکل‌ها

O Saki! Pass around and offer the wine bowl, for

Love which first seemed easy finds a difficult lore

By the musk-pod’s scent emanating from her brow

And from her musky curl, many a heart fell in a row

In the Beloved’s abode, where can I find ease and shelter

While the bell tolls: “Tie up the bundle of life! skelter!”

Dye your prayer mat with wine if the Magian master says

For the holy traveller is privy to the secrets of the ways

The night dark, the waves fearful, the whirlpools roar

How do they know our state, the light-burdened of the shore?

I followed my fancy; ill reputation was what I reaped

Secret, how can it be when from the chest it has leapt?

Hafiz! If you seek the Beloved’s presence, stay anear

Give up the ways of the world to find her so dear

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