Last Night

by Amir Khusrow Dehlawi

English version by Mahmood Jalal
Original Language Persian/Farsi

I don't know what place it was
Where I found myself last night;
Everywhere they were dancing,
Love-stricken, where I was last night.

Fairy-faced, cypress-like in form, and rosy cheeked,
Irresistible beauty abounded, in that place,
Where I found myself, last night.

My rivals had her ear
And she was full of grace, and I afraid
To speak, but it was difficult to utter
A word, in the place I was last night.

O Khusrow, God himself held pride of place
And Muhammad was the light of Grace
In the gathering where I was
Last night!

-- from Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi, Translated by Mahmood Jamal

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