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I heard God laughing : renderings of Hafiz

Author: Ḥāfiẓ; Daniel Landinsky; H Wilberforce Clarke
Publisher: Walnut Creek, Calif. : Sufism Reoriented, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c.1320-1389), though little known in the western world, is the most beloved poet of Persia (Iran). To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past, but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend. The special gift of this friend is a poetry unique in world literature, a poetry that celebrate every expression of love in the universe. The lyrics of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Ḥāfiẓ; Ḥāfiẓ; Ḥāfiẓ
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ḥāfiẓ; Daniel Landinsky; H Wilberforce Clarke
ISBN: 0915828189 9780915828180
OCLC Number: 35624786
Language Note: Text in English translated from the Persian.
Notes: "Renderings" based on the English translation of Hafiz by H. Wilberforce Clarke.
Description: xvii, 161 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: You are with the friend now --
A divine invitation --
You don't have to act crazy anymore --
We should talk about this problem --
And applaud --
Manic screaming --
My brilliant image --
Cast all your votes for dancing --
Come to my house --
What happens --
Someone who can kiss God --
Would you think it odd? --
Someone calls your name --
The jeweler --
Saints bowling in the mountains --
Exquisitely woven --
The moon is also busy --
We all sit in God's classroom --
For a while --
Why carry? --
Someone should start laughing --
A golden compass --
Zero --
Circles --
The great secret --
Wayfarer --
Of course things like that can happen --
The only one --
Every moment --
Saheb-e-Zaman --
Set this dry, boring place on fire! --
How does it feel to be a heart? --
If it is not too dark --
Awake awhile --
Dance, dervish dance --
You better start kissing me --
A barroom view of love --
I know the way you can get --
Spill the oil lamp! --
I am determined --
Let me near you tonight --
That's the whole idea --
Keeping watch --
You left a thousand women crazy --
Something invisible --
A tethered falcon --
That full, fragrant curl --
Maybe I could become a poet --
I took it as a sign --
Beautiful empty pages --
Pulling out the chair --
The only sin I know --
There is a wonderful game --
I am so glad --
Your beautiful parched, holy mouth --
I will hire you as a minstrel --
God's laughter --
Several times in the last week --
Laughter --
Tripping over joy --
Strange miracle --
Silence --
My sweet, crushed angel --
Skinning your knees on God --
It cuts the plow reins --
A wild, holy band --
Forever dance --
The life and work of Hafiz.
Responsibility: by Daniel Landinsky ; consulting editor, Henry S. Mindlin.

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"Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c.1320-1389), though little known in the western world, is the most beloved poet of Persia (Iran). To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past, but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend. The special gift of this friend is a poetry unique in world literature, a poetry that celebrate every expression of love in the universe. The lyrics of Hafiz overflow with a profound appreciation of the beauty and richness of life when seen through the eyes of love. With unerring insight, he explore the feelings and motives associated with every level of love, tracing each nuance of emotion in depth and detail. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic's "path of love"--That journey of inner unfolding in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation. Through there processes, human love becomes divine love and the lover merges ultimately with the source goal of all love, which Hafiz calls the divined beloved." -- Provided by publisher.

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