Don't call the wise lover insane, or say
The soul who shares your garden's a stranger.
Don't confine the encircling sea to a cup.
She knows her name, so don't make stories up.
#1578, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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