O blaze of the world you are dear, you are dear
O beholding the beloved, keep near, keep near
I am the creation, I am the house
I am the trap and the mouse
I am wise and mad, stay here, stay here
I am the secrets you can’t see
Cloak and turban are both me
I am the cloister and the monk, do appear, do appear
I am mortal, I am old
Chains and shackles my feet hold
I make plans, don’t disappear, don’t disappear
I am the noon, I am the eve
Fire of love with my heart receive
I am the candle giving light, stay clear, stay clear
I am the prayer and the angel in flight
I am the fire, I am the light
I am the Promised Land, so dear, so dear
I am here, I am to be
Alpha and Omega are in me
I am aware of the others, keep near, keep near
I am the acquaintance and the friend
The lover and beloved in the end
I am the flower and the thorn, don’t fear, don’t fear
I am the season and temporal train
I am the minor, I am the main
I am the mind and the story, be here, be here.

Translation © Shahriar Shahriari

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Come along, come along, the fields are a-flower
Come along, come along, it’s the lover’s hour.
Come along, all at once, every soul and all the world
Bathe yourselves in the sun’s golden arrows’ shower.
Mock the crone who is left without a companion
Weep for the lonesome he, who has left his lover.
Everyone must rise up, and spread the news,
Mad man has cut his chain and escaped the tower.
Beat the drums without care, and remain speechless,
Mind and heart fled long before the soul fled the bower.
What a day, what a day, it feels like Judgement Day,
Impotent is our life’s book, has lost its very power.
Be silent, be silent, keep the veil, keep the veil,
Go for the sweet grapes, let go of the sour.

Translation © Shahriar Shahriari

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