This burning in my chest comes of following her sect.
From her I caught the fever, now I'm sick.
I'll follow doctor's orders, in all respects but this:
I won't forego my wine or her sweet lips.
#208, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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