Remember the day of union with the friends.
Remember those times, remember.
From bitter sorrow my mouth became like poison.
Remember the revelers’ cry of “Drink!”
The friends are free of the memory of me
although I remember them a thousand times.
I was overtaken in these bonds of calamity.
Remember the efforts of those who serve the truth.
Although there are always a hundred rivers in my eye
remember the Zindehrud, and those who plant gardens.
After this Hafiz’s secret will remain unspoken.
Alas, remember those who keep the secrets.
Listen to Sample
Preachers who display their piety in prayer and pulpit
behave differently when they’re alone.
It puzzles me. Ask the learned ones of the assembly:
“Who do those who demand repentance do so little of it?”
It’s as if they don’t believe in the Day of Judgment
with all this fraud and counterfeit they do in His name.
I am the slave of the tavern-master, whose dervishes,
in needing nothing, make treasure seem like dust.
O lord, put these nouveaux-riches back on their asses
because they flaunt their mules and Turkish slaves.
O angel, say praises at the door of love’s tavern,
for inside they ferment the essence of Adam.
Whenever his limitless beauty kills a lover
others spring up, with love, from the invisible world.
O beggar at the cloister door, come to the monastery of the Magi,
for the water they give makes hearts rich.
Empty your house, O heart, so that it may become home to the beloved,
for the heart of the shallow ones is an army camp.
At dawn a clamor came from the throne of heaven. Reason said:
“It seems the angels are memorizing Hafiz’s verse.”