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Hafez (also known as Hafiz), born in the early fourteenth century, is one of the most celebrated Persian poets. Little is known about his life, but he is most widely known and lauded for his ghazals. He died in 1390.

See How the Roses Burn!

See how the roses burn!
   Bring wine to quench the fire!
Alas! the flames come up with us,—
   We perish with desire.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Hafez

Hafez (also known as Hafiz), born in the early fourteenth century, is one of the most celebrated Persian poets. Little is known about his life, but he is most widely known and lauded for his ghazals. He died in 1390.

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      Because the Woman I love lives
                  Inside of you,

   I lean as close to your body with my words
                  As I can--

   And I think of you all the time, dear pilgrim.

     Because the One I love goes with you
            Wherever
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Out

Of a great need

We are all holding hands

And climbing.

Not loving is a letting go.

Listen,

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This

Union you want

With the earth and sky,

This union we all need with love,

A golden wing from God’s heart just