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#2 from Poems From The Divan of Hafiz (1897)
translation by Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)

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Hafiz
Hafiz
c.1320-1389


Themes:  Wine Musings
                       

NOTES
stanza 3: “Irem's magic garden” refers to a garden built by a Persian king, an oasis in the desert said to rival the Garden of Eden.

Gertrude Bell (translator) notes that this poems is “a description of the poet's quest for love.  In an allegory he shows how he looked for it in vain from that image of earthly devotion, the nightingale (“the bird of garden”); he warns men that it comes not but by humiliation and sorrow; he questions the magic garden, but its breezes cannot answer him; finally, he concludes that love is not that which lies upon the lips of men, and calls upon the Cup-bearer (“Saki”) to silence their idle talk with the wine of divine knowledge.”
-S. H. Bass

Special Notes:  Persian Wine Poetry
                                     Hafiz


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translations by Gertrude Bell
A flower-tinted cheek
Arise! and fill a golden goblet up
Arise, oh Cupbearer, rise!

Forget not when dear friend
From out the street of So-and-So
From the garden of Heaven
Hast thou forgotten
Lay not reproach at the drunkard's door

Mirth, Spring, to linger in a garden fair

My friend has fled
Not all the sum of earthly happiness

Not one is filled with madness
Oh Cup-bearer, set my glass afire

Singer, sweet Singer, fresh notes strew

The breath of Dawn
The rose has flushed red
The rose is not fair
The secret draft of wine

What drunkenness is this
What is wrought in the forge
Where is my ruined life

Wind from the east

translations by Richard Le Gallienne 
Comrades, the morning breaks
Happy returns of this good day

Heavens! do you think this is a time

Last night, as half asleep I dreaming lay

My hermitage the tavern is

No! Saki – take the wine away

O, I've good news for you – the spring

Once more red wine

Saki, for God's love, come and fill

The Abbot of the Wine-House

Tis an unstable world

Two Gallons of old wine

What ails thee, Saki! Wine

When thus I sit with roses in my breast

With last night’s wine still singing


More English translations of Hafiz:
Song of Hafiz (unknown - 1875)
The Feast Of Spring (Whinfield - 1917)


The bird of gardens sang unto the rose
Hafiz (c. 1320-1389), Persian poet
translation by Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), British writer

The bird of gardens sang unto the rose,
New blown in the clear dawn: “Bow down thy head!
As fair as thou within this garden close,
Many have bloomed and died.” She laughed and said:
That I am born to fade grieves not my heart;
But never was it a true lover's part
To vex with bitter words his love's repose.”

The tavern step shall be thy hostelry,
For Love's diviner breath comes but to those
That suppliant on the dusty threshold lie.
And thou, if thou would'st drink the wine that flows
From Life's bejeweled goblet, ruby red,
Upon thine eyelashes thine eyes shall thread
A thousand tears for this temerity.

Last night when Irem's magic garden slept,
Stirring the hyacinth's purple tresses curled,
The wind of morning through the alleys stept.
Where is thy cup, the mirror of the world?
Ah, where is Love, thou Throne of Djem?” I cried.
The breezes knew not; but "Alas' they sighed,
That happiness should sleep so long!” and wept.

Not on the lips of men Love's secret lies,
Remote and unrevealed his dwelling-place.
Oh Saki, come! the idle laughter dies
When thou the feast with heavenly wine dost grace.
Patience and wisdom, Hafiz, in a sea
Of thine own tears are drowned; thy misery
They could not still nor hide from curious eyes.


#2 from Poems From The Divan of Hafiz (1897)


Poems From The Divan of Hafiz (1897)
translation by Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)

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