Show Thy Face to us! Conceal it not, oh Thou
who like the moon art famous throughout the seven heavens!
We are a group of lovers whom desire has
brought from a distant place on a journey--
Oh Thou who hast within Thine own Spirit
hundreds of thousands of paradises and houris and palaces!
Look down from the roof and behold with
kindliness this congregation of afflicted lovers!
Oh Saki of the Sufis! Give us a wine that does
not come from vat or grapes!
Give that wine whose ferment's fragrance pulls
the dead out of their graves!
-- Ghazal (Ode) 1160
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983
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