When I hear you sing, I become a joyful song,
Boundless, without limits, like the kindness of God.
You've bought me a hundred times over, I'm yours.
Bring me back to life again: buy me, please, once more.
#1118, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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