Poetry

Hafez Poems – Eight of Our Favorites from the Divan of Hafez ( In English )

Hafez Poems

Hafez (also known as Hafiz ) is one of our favorite mystical Sufi poets …

We remember his work with eight of our favorite Hafez poems from one of his best known works of poetry — The Divan of Hafez ( translated into English by Gertrude Lowthian Bell ) [available as a FREE ebook here ] …

 


Poetry Books
by Hafiz


 

From Canaan Joseph Shall Return
Hafez

English translation by Gertrude Lowthian Bell

From Canaan Joseph shall return, whose face
A little time was hidden : weep no more
Oh, weep no more ! in sorrow’s dwelling-place
The roses yet shall spring from the bare floor!
And heart bowed down beneath a secret pain
Oh stricken heart ! joy shall return again,
Peace to the love-tossed brain—oh, weep no more !

Oh, weep no more ! for once again Life’s Spring
Shall throne her in the meadows green, and o’er
Her head the minstrel of the night shall fling
A canopy of rose leaves, score on score.
The secret of the world thou shalt not learn.
And yet behind the veil Love’s fire may burn —
Weep’st thou ? let hope return and weep no more !

To-day may pass, to-morrow pass, before
The turning wheel give me my heart’s desire ;
Heaven’s self shall change, and turn not evermore
The universal wheel of Fate in ire.
Oh Pilgrim nearing Mecca’s holy fane.
The thorny maghilan woimds thee in vain,
The desert blooms again—oh, weep no more!

What though the river of mortality
Round the unstable house of Life doth roar.
Weep not, oh heart, Noah shall pilot thee.
And guide thine ark to the desired shore !
The goal lies far, and perilous is thy road,
Yet every path leads to that same abode
Where thou shalt drop thy load—oh, weep no more

Mine enemies have persecuted me,
My Love has turned and fled from out my door
God counts our tears and knows our misery ;
Ah, weep not ! He has heard thy weeping sore.
And chained in poverty and plunged in night.
Oh Hafiz, take thy Koran and recite
Litanies infinite, and weep no more!

*** What are some of your favorite Hafez poems ?

 


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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