Drinking song
Language: English 
Drink and drown thy sorrow,
Drink the foaming wine.
Never fear the morrow,
This bright hour is thine.
All thy kingly treasure
In the goblet drown.
One full draught of pleasure
Is well worth a crown.

Samarkand, Bûkhara,
Hafiz does not seek,
Counts the mole the fairer,
Set on beauty's cheek.
But he'd sell that sweetness,
Love or Life in fine,
To drink in rich completeness
One draught of Shiraz wine!


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Franz Hermann Schneider) , "Trinklied", subtitle: "Hafis an den Sultan Timur"

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-02-19
Line count: 16
Word count: 71