let us scatter roses and pour wine in the glass;
we will shatter heaven’s roof and lay a new foundation.
If sorrow raises armies to shed the blood of lovers,
I will join with the wine bearer so we can overthrow them.
With a sweet string at hand, play a sweet song, my friend,
so we can clap and sing a song and lose our heads in dancing.”
Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī (“Hāfez of Persia”)
ca. 7th century a.h. / ca. 14th century a.d.