Forgive me, that I cannot sleep; forgive
The thirsty ones that they have no water.
Forgive: if you never know forgiveness,
You'll never know the blessings that God gives.
#577, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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