Hafez’s falcons


From the Nightingale in the garden, ask the news.  for I
Hear his lament that forth from the cage comes
Friends!  The true Beloved desires the prey of Hafez’s heart:
For the prey of a little fly, a great falcon comes.

Translation: H. Wilberforce Clarke



خبر بلبل این باغ بپرسید که من

ناله‌ای می‌شنوم کز قفسی می‌آید
                    یار دارد سر صید دل حافظ یاران
شاهبازی به شکار مگسی می‌آید



O royal falcon of keen vision, perched in Heaven’s tree,
your nest is not this corner filled with suffering.
They whistle to recall you to the battlements of heaven.
I don’t understand what has ensnared you here.


             که ای بلندنظر شاهباز سدره نشین
نشیمن تو نه این کنج محنت آبادست
           تو را ز کنگره عرش می‌زنند صفیر
ندانمت که در این دامگه چه افتادست

What sugar there is in this town, that the Falcons of the Way
became satisfied with the station of a mere fly



                 چه شکرهاست در این شهر که قانع شده‌اند
 شاهبازان طریقت به مقام مگسی

2 thoughts on “Hafez’s falcons

  1. i must say from the bottom of my heart that I appreciate your efforts in posting these poems especially Rumi’s work ! I enjoy reading Rumi’s work, I hope you would post more of his work ! much appreciation in advance ! =)

    kind regards
    hafizah 🙂

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