This poem is inscribed on Hafiz’s tomb at Shiraz
Where is the news that make me one with you – I would give
up the ghost:
I am that paradisial bird whom the world’s snare cannot hold.
By your love I swear it, if you give the summons to be your
I will soar beyond the dominions of Time and Space.
Send down, oh my Lord, your rain from the guiding cloud,
Or I shift from the center of things like a speck of dust.
If you sit above my grave with music and wine
At the fragrance of you I shall rise from that narrow place and dance.
O exquisite image arise, show forth your form with its grace,
I will rise, and motion farewell to life and the world.
Though I am old, let me spend one night by your side,
and I shall arise at dawn with my youth renewed.