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A rubái (quatrain)
in English translation


Mahmud Kianush



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From the top of the dark dome of the mournful Night

With the eye of madness stares at me the Moon;

Is it my sinking heart in fear of a coming disaster,

Or the knowing Moon, who has kept his eye wide open?



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