ghazal #236 divan-e-hafez, khanlari

friends, remember our nocturnal companion,
remember the rights of sincere servitude.

when joyous with wine, the way of lover’s complaints
recall to the sound of cymbal and harp’s melody.

when the saqi’s cheeks are bright with the grace of wine,
remember the lovers with melody, song and dance.

when the hand of hope touches the waist of desire,
you will remember for a while our company.

do not suffer a passing grief for the faithful,
but remember the inconstancy of time’s motion.

if the horse of fortune is rebellious,
remember those who suffered from the whip.

with compassionate regard, o occupant of the seat of glory
remember the face of hafez and this threshold!




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