I was drinking wine, mired in my distress,
And fell asleep before my heart could be expressed.
When I woke from my drunken sleep, I found
My love gone, the candle out, Saghi sleeping sound.
#1647: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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