Hafez: We are Red Lions, Black Cobras

A new favorite from Hafez…



Although we are the king’s slaves
We are the sovereigns of the kingdom of the dawn


With treasure in our sleeves and holes in our pockets
We are the surface of the world-seeing cup and the dust of the road


Awake with presence, yet drunk with pride,
We are the ocean of unity, yet drowning in sin


Lady luck, when she flirts
we are the mirror for her moon-like face


For the fortunate king, each night
we guard his crown and diadem


Tell him to be grateful for our conversation,
“For while you sleep, we are standing guard.”


Shah Mansur knows that
wherever we go


We make a shroud of blood for our enemies
and give the mantle of victory to our friends


There is no tint of hypocrisy in us
We are red lions and black cobras


Tell them to pay their debt to Hafez
You’ve admitted it, and we’ve witnessed it



               گر چه ما بندگان پادشهیم
پادشاهان ملک صبحگهیم
             گنج در آستین و کیسه تهی
جام گیتی نما و خاک رهیم
       هوشیار حضور و مست غرور
بحر توحید و غرقه گنهیم
           شاهد بخت چون کرشمه کند
ماش آیینه رخ چو مهیم
            شاه بیدار بخت را هر شب
ما نگهبان افسر و کلهیم
           گو غنیمت شمار صحبت ما
که تو در خواب و ما به دیده گهیم
           شاه منصور واقف است که ما
روی همت به هر کجا که نهیم
           دشمنان را ز خون کفن سازیم
دوستان را قبای فتح دهیم
           رنگ تزویر پیش ما نبود
شیر سرخیم و افعی سیهیم
           وام حافظ بگو که بازدهند
کرده‌ای اعتراف و ما گوهیم


lyris aside, this music seems to say the same thing to me:





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