Translation by Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883)

I am writing
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
"I am writing
Only for myself, and only Layla,
Writing in that word a volume
Over which forever poring,
From her very name I sip in fancy
Till I drink her lip."

 "Only Layla" 

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Researcher for this text: Jean Nandi

This text was added to the website: 2009-10-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 35