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MOHAMMED SHEMS-ED-DEEN HAFIZ
(PSEUDONYM OF SHAMS-ED-DINMUHAMMAD)
Persian poet
(c. 1300 - 1388)

All day the rain bathed the dark hyacinths in vain; the flood may pour from morn till night, nor wash the pretty Indian white.
      - [Rain]

Learn, O student, the true wisdom. See yon bush aflame with roses, like the burning bush of Moses. Listen, and thou shalt hear, if thy soul be not deaf, how from out it, soft and clear, speaks to thee the Lord Almighty.
      - [Flowers]

Modesty is a sweet song-bird no open cage-door can tempt to flight.
      - [Modesty]

On the neck of the young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.
      - [Enterprise]

The world is a bride superbly dressed; who weds her, for a dowry must pay his soul.
      - [World]

There is no pleasure without a tincture of bitterness.
      - [Pleasure]

Thou learnest no secret until thou knowest friendship, since to the unsound no heavenly knowledge enters.
      - [Friendship]

'Tis writ on Paradise's gate,
  "Woe to the dupe that yields to Fate!"
      - [Fate]

We are surrounded, ambushed, by the robber troops of circumstances.
      - [Circumstance]

The chemist of love
  Will this perishing mould,
    Were it made out of mire,
      Transmute into gold.
      - Divan [Love]

The dimple that thy chin contains has beauty in its round,
  That never has been fathomed yet by myriad thoughts profound.
      - Odes (CXLIII) [Beauty]


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