Al Farid : Be Drunk From It

For more about the Egyptian poet and Sufi Shaikh Umar Ibn al Farid (1181 – 1235 CE) see this earlier post. These verses are taken from ‘The Wine Ode’.

Be drunk from it,
     if only for the life of an hour,
          and you will see time a willing slave
     under your command.

For there is no life in this world
     for one who lives here sober;
          who does not die drunk on it,
     prudence has passed him by.

So let him weep for himself,
     one who wasted his life
          never having won a share
     or measure of this wine.

Translation Th. Emil Homerin

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