Oh flowing tears, speak to my growing love:
Of that garden, that spring, and all that I've seen.
One night, when you remember those nights,
Please don't remember how rude I have been.
#17, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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