Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HAFIZ, by FREDERIC ROWLAND MARVIN

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First Line: Wine, wine, sweet wine
Last Line: "to zara's arms."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Drinks & Drinking; Hafez (1326-1390); Dead, The; Wine; Hafiz (1326-139)

WINE, wine, sweet wine,
Rich blood divine
Of purple vine,
With glowing fire
My soul inspire,
And tune my lyre!

"Hafiz is dead,"
The maidens said,
"Drowned in the red
Wine-wave. Alas!
Who shall surpass,
On the green grass
Or the blue sea,
Hafiz the free?'

In sweet surprise,
From the clear skies
Of Zara's eyes,
A shining dart
Pierced Hafiz's heart.

From the red wave,
She thought his grave,
With deathless song,
Clear, sweet, and strong,
Sprang Persia's lyre
Of mingled fire
And sweet desire.

"Wine, wine for me,
Hafiz the free!
And when I die,
My soul shall fly
From love's alarms
To Zara's arms."

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