“God’s Bucket.” Hafez sang the praises of multiple rulers at the court of Shiraz while also lecturing on theology. It is said that after Tamerlane took over Persia, he made a visit to Shiraz to spend time with the great poet; the conqueror remained there for two months.
If this world
Was not held in God’s bucket
How could an ocean stand upside down
On its head and never lose a drop?
If your life was not contained in God’s cup
How could you be so brave and laugh,
Dance in the face of death?
There is a private chamber in the soul
That knows a great secret
Of which no tongue can speak.
Your existence my dear, O love my dear,
Has been sealed and marked
“Too sacred,” “too sacred,” by the Beloved—
To ever end!
Has written a thousand promises
All over your heart
Life, life, life,
Is far too sacred to