ghazal #376 divan-e-hafez, khanlari

however much i’ve discussed pain with doctors,
they have not cured the strange and the poor.

the seal on the jewel case of friendship is broken.
o lord, may the rival’s desire be frustrated!

to the rose torn open by the hand of wind-
may your shame be for the nightingale’s song.

we spoke of our secret pain with the friend-
such pain can’t be hidden from the healer.

o lord, grant the protection that once again
the eyes of lovers may see the beloved’s face.

o provider, for how long will we be denied
a portion of the feast spread on your table?

hafez, you would not be crazy about the rose
if you had heeded polite and proper advice!




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