Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi
With Madness Like To Mine by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

With Madness Like To Mine by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

NOT one is filled with madness like to mineIn all the taverns! my soiled robe lies here,There my neglected book, both pledged for wine.With dust my heart is thick, that should be ...

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Where Is My Ruined Life ? by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Where Is My Ruined Life ? by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

WHERE is my ruined life, and where the fameOf noble deeds?Look on my long-drawn road, and whence it came,And where it leads!Can drunkenness be linked to pietyAnd good repute?Where ...

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Wild Deer. by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Wild Deer. by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Where are you O Wild Deer?I have known you for a while, here.Both loners, both lost, both forsakenThe wild beast, for ambush, have all wakenLet us inquire of each other's stateIf ...

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Will Beat You Up by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Will Beat You Up by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

JealousyAnd most all of your sufferingsAre from believingYou know better than God.Of course,Such a special brand of arrogance as thatAlways proves disastrous,And will rip the ...

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The Lute Will Beg by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The Lute Will Beg by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

You need to become a penIn the Sun´s hand.We need for the earth to singThrough our pores and eyes.The body will again become restlessUntil your soul paints all its beautyUpon the ...

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Not Worth The Toil! by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Not Worth The Toil! by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

NOT all the sum of earthly happinessIs worth the bowed head of a moment's pain,And if I sell for wine my dervish dress,Worth more than what I sell is what I gain!Land where my ...

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Ghazal 51 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Ghazal 51 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My eyes drown in tears, yet thirst for but one chanceI'll give away my whole life, for Beloved, but one glance.Be ashamed of Beloved's beautiful eyes and long lashesIf you have ...

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To Linger In A Garden Fair by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

To Linger In A Garden Fair by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

MIRTH, Spring, to linger in a garden fair,What more has earth to give? All ye that wait,Where is the Cup-bearer, the flagon where?When pleasant hours slip from the hand of ...

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The Secret Draught Of Wine by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The Secret Draught Of Wine by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

THE secret draught of wine and love repressedAre joys foundationless--then come whate'erMay come, slave to the grape I stand confessed!Unloose, oh friend, the knot of thy heart's ...

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Rubaiyat 02 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 02 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Pick up the joy giving wine and come hither.Temptations of mean foes decline and come hither.Don’t listen to the one who says sit down and stay;Listen to me, pick up the line and ...

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The Rose Is Not Fair by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The Rose Is Not Fair by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

THE rose is not fair without the beloved's face,Nor merry the Spring without the sweet laughter of wine;The path through the fields, and winds from a flower strewn place,Without ...

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The Margin Of A Stream by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The Margin Of A Stream by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The margin of a stream, the willow's shade,A mind inclined to song, a mistress sweet,A Cup-bearer whose cheek outshines the rose,A friend upon whose heart thy heart is laid:Oh ...

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Ghazal 79 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Ghazal 79 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The heavenly breeze comes to this estate,I sit with the wine and a lovely mate.Why can't the beggar play the king's role?The sky is the dome, the earth is my state.The green grass ...

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Rubaiyat 06 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 06 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

You are the moon and the sun is your slave;As your slave, it like you must behave.It is only your luminosity and lightThat light of sun and moon can save.

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Rubaiyat 05 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 05 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

I put my arms around your waist,A lover’s embrace to taste.From your resolve it’s obviousAll my efforts will go to waste.

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Rubaiyat 03 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 03 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

I said, your lips said, your lips we revive;I said, your mouth said, sweetness we derive;I said your words, he said, Hafiz said;May all sweet lips be joyous and alive.

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Ghazal 02 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Ghazal 02 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Where is sensible action, & my insanity whence?See the difference, it is from where to whence.From the church & hypocritical vestments, I take offenceWhere is the abode of the ...

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Rubaiyat 01 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 01 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

The only vision I have is your sightThe only thing I follow is your light.Everyone finds his repose in sleep,Sleep from my eyes has taken flight.

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Rubaiyat 04 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 04 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

One, beautiful and full of graceMirror in hand, grooming her faceMy handkerchief I offered, she smiled,Is this gift also part of the chase?

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Absolutely Clear by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Absolutely Clear by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Don't surrender your loneliness So quickly. Let it cut more deep. Let it ferment and season you As few human Or even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight ...

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Rubaiyat 09 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 09 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My broken heart’s sorrows are deep.Painful, disturbed, broken my sleep.If you don’t believe, send me your thoughtsAnd you will see how in sleep I weep.

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Ghazal 03 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Ghazal 03 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

That beautiful Shirazi Turk, took control and my heart stole, I'll give Samarkand & Bukhara, for her Hindu beauty mole.O wine-bearer bring me wine, such wine not found in ...

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Rubaiyat 40 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 40 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

O divider of heaven and hell bring relief,Don’t let us give in to our grief.How long upon our lives you prey?Why don’t you hunt our lives’ thief?

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Brings Me Hope by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Brings Me Hope by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

WHAT drunkenness is this that brings me hope--Who was the Cup-bearer, and whence the wine?That minstrel singing with full voice divine,What lay was his? for 'mid the woven ropeOf ...

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Rubaiyat 34 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 34 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Your eyes enrapture, and colors pour,Alas, your love’s arrows score.Too soon you gave up on the lovers,Alas, your heart has rocks in store.

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Rubaiyat 31 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 31 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My life has only brought me sorrow;Love’s good and bad only taught me sorrow.My constant companion is only pain,My lover has only bought me sorrow.

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Rubaiyat 28 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 28 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Don’t let go of the cup’s lipsTill you receive your worldly tips.Bittersweet is the world’s cupFrom lover’s lips and the cup sips.

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Lay Not Reproach At The Drunkard’s Door by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Lay Not Reproach At The Drunkard’s Door by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

LAY not reproach at the drunkard's doorOh Fanatic, thou that art pure of soul;Not thine on the page of life to enrolThe faults of others! Or less or moreI have swerved from my ...

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Rubaiyat 33 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 33 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Beauty of the rose you eclipse,Every bud quietly away slips.How can the rose compete with you?Rose shines in moonlight, moon in your grips.

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Rubaiyat 14 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 14 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Since the flower withers in the dark,The bud blooms to leave its mark,Happy is the heart, light as a bubble,At the tavern is naked, stark.

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If God Invited You To A Party by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

If God Invited You To A Party by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

If GodInvited you to a partyAnd said,'EveryoneIn the ballroom tonightWill be my specialGuest...'How would you then treat themWhen youArrived?Indeed, indeed!And I knowThere is no ...

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Rubaiyat 07 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 07 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

A new challenge everydayYou keep away and delay;When I act to close the gapFate says there is a bigger play.

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Rubaiyat 22 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 22 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

I needed to hang on to her curly ring,Help me please, let my affairs take wing.Said, release my hair, instead take my lips,Let go of long life, with good times swing.

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My Friend Has Fled by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My Friend Has Fled by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My friend has fled! alas, my friend has fled,And left me nought but tears and pain behind!Like smoke above a flame caught by the wind,So rose she from my breast and forth she ...

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Rubaiyat 42 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 42 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

If like me, you too fall in this trap,Hold the wine and cup upon your lap.We are the lovers, burning our tracks,Join us, if you can put up with the crap.

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Rubaiyat 12 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 12 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

All treasures ain’t worth this oppression.All pleasures ain’t worth one transgression.Not even seven thousand years of joyIs worth seven days of depression.

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Rubaiyat 29 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 29 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

I long for your hug and kiss,I want the wine that will bliss.Let me cut the story short,Please return, cause you I miss.

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Rubaiyat 08 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 08 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My beloved is brighter than the sun,Put in the heavens, my only one.Placed the hearts upon the earthTo watch the sun’s daily run.

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Rubaiyat 13 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 13 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Every friend who talked of love, became a foe.Every eagle shifted its shape to a crow.They say the night is pregnant, and I say,Who is the father? And how do you know?

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Rubaiyat 10 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 10 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Candle’s story how can I tell?Of the broken heart’s living hell?My sorrow is in how I can findAnother who knows these sorrows well.

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Rubaiyat 18 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 18 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

In times of youth, drinking is better.With the joyful, linking is better.The world is a mere temporal inn;With the shipwrecked, sinking is better.

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Wild Deer. by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Wild Deer. by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Where are you O Wild Deer?I have known you for a while, here.Both loners, both lost, both forsakenThe wild beast, for ambush, have all wakenLet us inquire of each other's stateIf ...

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Return! That To A Heart by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Return! That To A Heart by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

RETURN! that to a heart wounded full soreValiance and strength may enter in; return!And Life shall pause at the deserted door,The cold dead body breathe again and burn.Oh come! ...

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Rubaiyat 25 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 25 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

O friend, from your foes your heart release,In pleasant company drink the good wine with ease.Confer with those who know, open your heartAnd from the ignorant fleas flee like the ...

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Rubaiyat 38 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 38 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Bring me the cup that preys on joy;Bring me a lover who is shy and coy.The wine that twists and turns like a chainBring me to enslave and destroy.

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Rubaiyat 16 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 16 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

This rose is from the dust of one like me.His joy within the rose, thus I can see.My companion and confidant it is, becauseThe colorful rose brings the sweet scent of he.

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Rubaiyat 17 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 17 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

With fate you still hope to trade;Passage of time should make you afraid.You said no color comes after black,I said my black hair to white degrade.

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Rubaiyat 21 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 21 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Don’t make me fall in love with that faceDon’t let the drunk the wine seller embrace.Sufi, you know the pace of this path,The lovers and drunks don’t disgrace.

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Rubaiyat 35 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Rubaiyat 35 by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

O breeze, my story quietly share,My heart’s secrets, to whoever you care.Tell not to upset or bring sorrow,Share them with a heart that’s aware.

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Here Will I Take My Rest by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

Here Will I Take My Rest by Shams al-Din Hafiz Shirazi

My lady, that did change this house of mineInto a heaven when that she dwelt therein,From head to foot an angel's grace divineEnwrapped her; pure she was, spotless of sin;Fair as ...

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