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A PERSIAN SONG

OF H A F I Z.

SWEET maid, if thou wouldst charm my sight,
And bid these arms thy neck infold;
That rosy cheek, that lily hand,
Would give thy poet more delight
Than all Bocara's vaunted gold,
Than all the gems of Samarcand.

GAZEL.

T^GHER an Turki Shirazi
Bedest ared dili mara,
Be khali hinduish bakhsliem
aamarcand u Bokharara.

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Boy, let yon liquid ruby flow,
And bid thy pensive heart be glad,
Whate'er the frowning zealots fay:
Tell them, their Eden cannot show
A stream so clear as Rocnabad,
A bow'r so sweet as Mosellay.

O ! when these fair persidious maids,
Whose eyes our secret haunts insest,
Their dear destructive charms display;
Each glance my tender breast invades,
And robs my wounded soul of reft,
As Tartars seize their destin'd prey.

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In vain with love our bosoms glow:
Can all our tears, can all our sighs
New lustre to those charms impart?
Can cheeks, where living roses blow,
Where nature spreads her richest dies,
Require the borrow'd gloss of art?

Speak not of fate:— ah! change the theme,

And talk of odours, talk of wine,

Talk of the flowVs that round us bloom:

'Tis all a cloud, 'tis all a dream;

To love and joy thy thoughts confine,

Nor hope to pierce the sacred gloom.

Ze eshki na temami ma

Jemali yari mustagnist; Be ab u reng u khal u khatt

Che hajet ruyi zibara. •

Hadis az mutreb u mei gu,

Va razi dehri kemter ju, Ke kes ncksliud u nekihaied

Be hikmet ein moammara.

K Beauty

Beauty has such resistless pow'r,
That ev'n the chaste Egyptian dame
Sigh'd for the blooming Hebrew boy;
For her how fatal was the hour,
When to the banks of Nilus came
A youth so lovely and so coy!

But ah! sweet maid, my counsel hear:
(Youth should attend when those advise
Whom long experience renders sage)
While musick charms the ravish'd ear,
While sparkling cups delight our eyes,
Be gay; and scorn the frowns of age.

Men az an husiu ruzafzun

Ke Yusiif dashti danestem, Ke eshk az perdei isinet

Benin ared Zuleikhara.

Nasihet goslii kun jana,

Kc az j an doititer darend Juvanani saadetmend

I pendi peeri danara.

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