The jealous birds complained to Solomon,
Demanding he punish the nightingale.
Said she: "I only sing in spring -- calm down.
Nine months of the year I make no sound."
#1006, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)