Abū Nuwas al-Hasan ibn Hanī al-Hakamī (756–814) | Love and Wine | – –
Ho! a cup, and fill it up, and tell me it is wine,
For never will I drink in shade if I can drink in shine.
Curst and poor is every hour that sober I must go,
But rich am I whene’er well drunk I stagger to and fro.
Speak, for shame, the loved one’s name, let vain disguises fall;
Good for naught are pleasures hid behind a curtain-wall.
– – Reynold A. Nicholson, Translations of Eastern Poetry and Prose (Cambridge at the University Press, 1922), no. 33.
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