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Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved

August 4, 2013
Divan of Hafiz

Divan of Hafiz includes paintings on its doublures. Calligraphy by Muhammad Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Mulla. Iran, 1842.

Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved Look at This Beauty The beauty of this poem is beyond words. Do you need a guide to experience the heat of the sun? Blessed is the brush of the painter who paints Such beautiful pictures for his virgin bride. Look at this beauty. There is no reason for what you see. Experience its grace. Even in nature there is nothing so fine. Either this poem is a miracle, or some sort of magic trick. Guided either by Gabriel or the Invisible Voice, inside. No one, not even Hafiz, can describe with words the Great Mystery. No one knows in which shell the priceless pearl does hide. – Translation by Thomas Rain Crowe

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