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Date Posted: 16:59
Author: ketch - 20 Jul 2001
Subject: I See

In the tavern of the Magians I see the light of God.
Behold this wonder—I see what light it is and whence it comes.

O master of the pilgrimage, boast not to me of pomp;
Thou seest the House, but I see the Lord of the House.

I want to unleash the musk from the tress of idols.
Thought is far away; indeed, I see an error.

The heart’s burning, the flowing soul-tears, the morning sigh, the night’s lamentation—
I see all this from the look of your grace.

Every moment a picture of thy face waylays my imagination.
To whom shall I tell what I see within this veil?

From the musk of Khotan and the musk-sac of China, no one has seen
what I see every dawn from the fresh breeze of the East.

Friends, do not find fault with Hâfiz’s play of gazing,
for I see him among the lovers of God.


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