wine, song and heavenly lover
if you can,
and sit on the bank
of a purling stream.
Don’t look for anything better,
don’t speak of a forgotten hell;
there is no other heaven than this.
trans. Juan Cole
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment and Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires. Follow him at @jricole.
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