Year: 2016

Bold Souls By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Bold Souls O nightingale! Bewail if my love thou desire. For, we are weeping lovers; yet, tear is our task dire. Where bloweth a perfumed breeze from the Friend’s hair, The Tartary musk-pods lose the aroma once so rare. Give wine so we may the robe of hypocrisy dye; For we are intoxicated with... »

Bring Perfumes Sweet To Me By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Bring Perfumes Sweet To Me FROM out the street of So-and-So, Oh wind, bring perfumes sweet to me For I am sick and pale with woe; Oh bring me rest from misery! The dust that lies before her door, Love’s long desired elixir, pour Upon this wasted heart of mine– Bring me a promise and a si... »

Brings Me Hope By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Brings Me Hope 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 rope Of song, he brought word from my Friend to me Set to his melody. The wind itself bore joy to S... »

Cypress And Tulip By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Cypress And Tulip Cypress and Tulip and sweet Eglantine, Of these the tale from lip to lip is sent; Washed by three cups, oh Saki, of thy wine, My song shall turn upon this argument. Spring, bride of all the meadows, rises up, Clothed in her ripest beauty: fill the cup! Of Spring’s handmaidens... »

Falsely Pious By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Falsely pious Falsely pious, of our state are unaware No offence if their words our hearts tear. On the path, whatever you meet is for your good On the straight and the narrow, can’t be lost there. Whatever the rook may play, we’ll knock it down On the chessboard of lovers, Kings wonR... »

Drops Of His Heart’s Blood By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Drops Of His Heart’s Blood THE nightingale with drops of his heart’s blood Had nourished the red rose, then came a wind, And catching at the boughs in envious mood, A hundred thorns about his heart entwined. Like to the parrot crunching sugar, good Seemed the world to me who could not st... »

From The Garden Of Heaven By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

From The Garden Of Heaven FROM the garden of Heaven a western breeze Blows through the leaves of my garden of earth; With a love like a huri I’ld take mine ease, And wine! bring me wine, the giver of mirth! To-day the beggar may boast him a king, His banqueting-hall is the ripening field, And ... »

Here Will I Take My Rest By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Here Will I Take My Rest My lady, that did change this house of mine Into a heaven when that she dwelt therein, From head to foot an angel’s grace divine Enwrapped her; pure she was, spotless of sin; Fair as the moon her countenance, and wise; Lords of the kind and tender glance, her eyes With... »

If God Invited You To A Party By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

If God Invited You To A Party If God Invited you to a party And said, ‘Everyone In the ballroom tonight Will be my special Guest…’ How would you then treat them When you Arrived? Indeed, indeed! And I know There is no one in this world Who Is not upon His Jeweled Dance Floor Hits: ... »

I Long To Open Up My Heart By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

I long to open up my heart I long to open up my heart For my heart do my part. My story was yesterday’s news From rivals cannot keep apart. On this holy night stay with me Till the morning, do not depart. On a night so dark as this, My course, how can I chart? O breath of life, help me tonight... »

Keep To Your Own Affairs By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Keep to your own affairs Keep to your own affairs, why do you fault me? My heart has fallen in love, what has befallen thee? In the center of he, whom God made from nothing There is a subtle point that no creature can see. Until His lips fulfill my lips like a reed From all the worldly advice I must... »

Lady That Hast My Heart By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Lady That Hast My Heart LADY that hast my heart within thy hand, Thou heed’st me not; and if thou turn thine ear Unto the wise, thou shalt not understand– Behold the fault is thine, our words were clear. For all the tumult in my drunken brain Praise God! who trieth not His slave in vain;... »

Languishing Eyes By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Languishing Eyes With the point of thy glance, do not hit my heart; For, before Thy languishing eyes, I will depart In excellence and beauty thou art rich and without peer. Give me alms; for a miserable mendicant am I here. Such a bird am I that every even and morn, From the heaven above, my cry is ... »

Lay Not Reproach At The Drunkard’s Door By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Lay Not Reproach At The Drunkard’s Door LAY not reproach at the drunkard’s door Oh Fanatic, thou that art pure of soul; Not thine on the page of life to enrol The faults of others! Or less or more I have swerved from my path–keep thou to thine own For every man when he reaches the ... »

Life’s Mighty Flood By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Life’s Mighty Flood WHAT is wrought in the forge of the living and life– All things are nought! Ho! fill me the bowl, For nought is the gear of the world and the strife! One passion has quickened the heart and the soul, The Beloved’s presence alone they have sought– Love at l... »

My Eyes Drown In Tears By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

My eyes drown in tears My eyes drown in tears, yet thirst for but one chance I’ll give away my whole life, for Beloved, but one glance. Be ashamed of Beloved’s beautiful eyes and long lashes If you have seen what I have, and still deny me my trance. O traveler, leave these city gates beh... »

My Friend Has Fled By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

My Friend Has Fled 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 sped. Drunk with desire, I seized Love’s cup divine, But she that held it poured the bitter wine ... »

Not Worth The Toil! By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Not Worth The Toil! NOT all the sum of earthly happiness Is 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 Lady dwells, thou holdest me Enchained; else Fars were but a barren soil, Not worth the journe... »

O Beautiful Wine-Bearer By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

O beautiful wine-bearer O beautiful wine-bearer, bring forth the cup and put it to my lips Path of love seemed easy at first, what came was many hardships. With its perfume, the morning breeze unlocks those beautiful locks The curl of those dark ringlets, many hearts to shreds strips. In the house o... »

O Friend By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

O Friend O friend, from your foes your heart release, In pleasant company drink the good wine with ease. Confer with those who know, open your heart And from the ignorant fleas flee like the breeze. Hits: 5 »

O Cup Bearer By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

O Cup Bearer OH Cup-bearer, set my glass afire With the light of wine! oh minstrel, sing: The world fulfilleth my heart’s desire! Reflected within the goblet’s ring I see the glow of my Love’s red cheek, And scant of wit, ye who fail to seek The pleasures that wine alone can bring!... »

Pick Up The Joy By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Pick Up The Joy 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 come hither. Hits: 6 »

Ruby’s Heart By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Ruby’s Heart The bulbul’s care is naught but the rose is his mate dear The rose’s care is naught but to bring grace to her cheer Not all lure is what brings the lover’s heart to its fall Master is he who bears compassion to his thrall. Now comes the time when blood gushes int... »

Return! That To A Heart By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Return! That To A Heart RETURN! that to a heart wounded full sore Valiance and strength may enter in; return! And Life shall pause at the deserted door, The cold dead body breathe again and burn. Oh come! and touch mine eyes, of thy sweet grace, For I am blind to all but to thy face. Open the gates ... »

Saghi Nameh By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Saghi Nameh O Bearer, bring the wine that brings joy To increase generosity, & let perfection buoy Give me some, for I have lost my heart Both traits from me have kept apart Bring the wine whose reflection in the cup Signals to all the kings whose times are up Give me wine, and with the reed-fl... »

Stop Being So Religious By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Stop Being So Religious What do sad people have in common? It seems they have all built a shrine to the past, And often they go there and do a strange wail and worship. What is the beginning of happiness? It is to stop being so religious Like That. Hits: 1 »

Slaves Of Thy Shining Eyes By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Slaves Of Thy Shining Eyes SLAVES of thy shining eyes are even those That diadems of might and empire bear; Drunk with the wine that from thy red lip flows, Are they that e’en the grape’s delight forswear. Drift, like the wind across a violet bed, Before thy many lovers, weeping low, And... »

Sweet Melody By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Sweet Melody Come so the rose we may spread, and, let wine into the goblet flow. The roof of the sky we may cleave; and a new way seek more aglow. If an army, the shedder of lovers’ blood, raise sorrow The Saki and I may join and its foundation pull thorough. The rose water we pour into the go... »

The Days Of Spring By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Days Of Spring THE days of Spring are here! the eglantine, The rose, the tulip from the dust have risen- And thou, why liest thou beneath the dust? Like the full clouds of Spring, these eyes of mine Shall scatter tears upon the grave thy prison, Till thou too from the earth thine head shalt thru... »

That Beautiful Shirazi Turk By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

That beautiful Shirazi Turk 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 Heavens By running brooks, in flowery fields, spend your days and stroll. Alas, these swe... »

The Bird Of Gardens By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Bird Of Gardens 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’... »

The Bright Moon Reflects Your Radiant Face By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The bright moon reflects your radiant face The bright moon reflects your radiant face Your snowcapped cheekbones supply water of grace My heavy heart desires an audience with your face Come forward or must return, your command I will embrace. Nobody for good measures girded your fields Such trades n... »

The Corner Of The Tavern Is My Altar By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The corner of the tavern is my altar The corner of the tavern is my altar, where I pray At dawn, the mantra of the Old Magi, I say. Fear not if the harp plays not at sun’s morning ascent My morning cry of repentance is the music I play. Thank God, free from beggars and kings, away, I stay; Hom... »

The Day Of Hope By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Day Of Hope THE days of absence and the bitter nights Of separation, all are at an end! Where is the influence of the star that blights My hope? The omen answers: At an end! Autumn’s abundance, creeping Autumn’s mirth, Are ended and forgot when o’er the earth The wind of Spring... »

The Heavenly Breeze Comes To This Estate By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The heavenly breeze comes to this estate 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 feels like Paradise; Why would I trade this for the garden gate... »

The Lute Will Beg By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Lute Will Beg You need to become a pen In the Sun´s hand. We need for the earth to sing Through our pores and eyes. The body will again become restless Until your soul paints all its beauty Upon the sky. Don´t tell me, dear ones, That what Hafiz says is not true, For when the heart tastes its gl... »

The Margin Of A Stream By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Margin Of A Stream 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 Happy-starred! let not thine hours fleet Unvalued; may each minute as it goes Lay tribute o... »

The Rose Has Flushed Red By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Rose Has Flushed Red The rose has flushed red, the bud has burst, And drunk with joy is the nightingale Hail, Sufis! lovers of wine, all hail! For wine is proclaimed to a world athirst. Like a rock your repentance seemed to you; Behold the marvel! of what avail Was your rock, for a goblet has cl... »

The Rose Is Not Fair By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Rose Is Not Fair 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 her bright check, which glows like a tulip fine, Nor winds softly blowing, fields deep in co... »

The Secret Draught Of Wine By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

The Secret Draught Of Wine THE secret draught of wine and love repressed Are joys foundationless–then come whate’er May come, slave to the grape I stand confessed! Unloose, oh friend, the knot of thy heart’s care, Despite the warning that the Heavens reveal! For all his thought, ne... »

When You Hear The Lovers’ Words By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

When you hear the lovers’ words When you hear the lovers’ words, think them not a mistake You don’t recognize these words, the error must be your take. The here and hereafter cannot tame my spirit and soul Praise God for all the intrigue in my mind that is at stake. I know not who ... »

Though The Wine Is Joyous By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Though the wine is joyous Though the wine is joyous, and the wind, flowers sorts Harp music and scent of wine, the officer reports. If you face an adversary and a jug of wine Choose the wine because, fate cheats and extorts. Up your ragged, patched sleeves, hide & keep your cup Like this flask ... »

True Love By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

True Love TRUE love has vanished from every heart; What has befallen all lovers fair? When did the bonds of friendship part?- What has befallen the friends that were? Ah, why are the feet of Khizr lingering?- The waters of life are no longer clear, The purple rose has turned pale with fear, And what... »

Tidings Of Union By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Tidings Of Union Where are the tidings of union? that I may arise- Forth from the dust I will rise up to welcome thee! My soul, like a homing bird, yearning for Paradise, Shall arise and soar, from the snares of the world set free. When the voice of thy love shall call me to be thy slave, I shall ri... »

To Linger In A Garden Fair By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

To Linger In A Garden Fair 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 Fate, Reckon each hour as a certain gain; Who seeks to know the end of mortal care Shall question ... »

Well Done O Messenger By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Well done O messenger Well done O messenger, bring a message from my friend Willingly I’ll give my own life for the sake of my friend. Like a nightingale in cage, being love-sick is my trend A singing parrot in love with nuts and sweets of my friend. My trap is her hair, her mole is the seed, ... »

With Madness Like To Mine By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

With Madness Like To Mine NOT one is filled with madness like to mine In 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 clear, A glass to mirror forth the Great King’s face; One ray of light from out Thy dw... »

Wild Deer By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Wild Deer Where are you O Wild Deer? I have known you for a while, here. Both loners, both lost, both forsaken The wild beast, for ambush, have all waken Let us inquire of each other’s state If we can, each other’s wishes consummate I can see this chaotic field Joy and peace sometimes wo... »

Where Is My Ruined Life By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Where Is My Ruined Life WHERE is my ruined life, and where the fame Of noble deeds? Look on my long-drawn road, and whence it came, And where it leads! Can drunkenness be linked to piety And good repute? Where is the preacher’s holy monody, Where is the lute? From monkish cell and lying garb r... »

Whoever Had Found His Way To The Tavern’s Block By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Whoever had found his way to the tavern’s block Whoever had found his way to the tavern’s block Would have to be insane if on another door knock Fate never crowned any with drunkenness, except The one who considered this the highest luck. Whoever finds his way into the tavern From the bo... »

Will Beat You Up By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Will Beat You Up Jealousy And most all of your sufferings Are from believing You know better than God. Of course, Such a special brand of arrogance as that Always proves disastrous, And will rip the seams In your caravan tent, Then cordially invite in many species Of mean biting flies and Strange th... »

Where Is Sensible Action By Shams al-Din Hafiz Shiraz

Where is sensible action Where is sensible action, & my insanity whence? See the difference, it is from where to whence. From the church & hypocritical vestments, I take offence Where is the abode of the Magi, & sweet wine whence? For dervishes, piety and sensibility make no sense Whe... »

Love Has Subjugated Me By Hadewijch

Love Has Subjugated Me By Hadewijch

Love has subjugated me by Hadewijch English version by Mother Columba Hart Original Language Dutch Love has subjugated me: To me this is no surprise, For she is strong and I am weak. She makes me Unfree of myself, Continually against my will. She does with me what she wishes; Nothing of myself remai... »

Dew (From Love’s Seven Names) By Hadewijch

Dew (From Love’s Seven Names) By Hadewijch

Dew (from Love’s Seven Names) by Hadewijch English version by Mother Columba Hart Original Language Dutch Dew is a name under which Love works: When that Fire has burned up all in its violence, The dew falls, imparting moisture everywhere Like a strong wind of unheard-of sweetness. It calls fo... »

God Must Give Us A Renewed Mind (From Vale Millies) By Hadewijch

God Must Give Us A Renewed Mind (From Vale Millies) By Hadewijch

God must give us a renewed mind (from Vale Millies) by Hadewijch English version by Mother Columba Hart Original Language Dutch God must give us a renewed mind For nobler and freer love, To make us so new in our life That Love may bless us And renew, with new taste, Those to whom she can give new fu... »

How She First Made Me Beautiful Promises (From Defense Of Love) By Hadewijch

How She First Made Me Beautiful Promises (From Defense Of Love) By Hadewijch

How she first made me beautiful promises (from Defense of Love) by Hadewijch English version by Mother Columba Hart Original Language Dutch How she first made me beautiful promises And then grew cruel, I now know. That Love did not deceive or mock me In that woe, would I might understand it! But she... »

Love Has Seven Names By Hadewijch

Love Has Seven Names By Hadewijch

Love Has Seven Names by Hadewijch English version by Willis Barnstone and Elene Kolb Original Language Dutch Love has seven names. Do you know what they are? Rope, Light, Fire, Coal make up its domain. The others, also good, more modest but alive: Dew, Hell, the Living Water. I name them here (for t... »

What I Sang So Often Of Love (From Defense Of Love) By Hadewijch

What I Sang So Often Of Love (From Defense Of Love) By Hadewijch

What I sang so often of Love (from Defense of Love) by Hadewijch English version by Mother Columba Hart Original Language Dutch What I sang so often of Love Did not avail me much — in fact, very little. Yet the minds of old and young Are enlightened by a song of Love. But my good fortune holds... »

The Madness Of Love By Hadewijch

The Madness Of Love By Hadewijch

The madness of love by Hadewijch English version by Oliver Davies Original Language Dutch The madness of love Is a blessed fate; And if we understood this We would seek no other: It brings into unity What was divided, And this is the truth: Bitterness it makes sweet, It makes the stranger a neighbor... »

Love’s Constancy By Hadewijch

Love’s Constancy By Hadewijch

Love’s constancy by Hadewijch English version by Oliver Davies Original Language Dutch Anyone who has waded Through Love’s turbulent waters, Now feeling hunger and now satiety, Is untouched by the season Of withering or blooming, For in the deepest and most dangerous waters, On the highe... »