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Salaman and Absal, by Jami, tr. Edward Fitzgerald, [1904], at

p. 24


Now when Salámán's Heart turn’d to Absál,
Her Star was happy in the Heavens—Old Love
Put forth afresh—Desire doubled his Bond:
And of the running Time she watch’d an Hour
To creep into the Mansion of her Moon
And satiate her soul upon his Lips.
And the Hour came; she stole into his Chamber
Ran up to him, Life's offer in her Hand—
And, falling like a Shadow at his Feet,
She laid her Face beneath. Salámán then
With all the Courtesies of Princely Grace
Put forth his Hand—he rais’d her in his Arms
He held her trembling there—and from that Fount
Drew first Desire; then Deeper from her Lips,
That, yielding, mutually drew from his
A Wine that ever drawn from never fail’d—

So through the Day—so through another still—
The Day became a Seventh—the Seventh a Moon—
The Moon a Year—while they rejoiced together,
Thinking their Pleasure never was to end.

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But rolling Heaven whisper’d from his Ambush,
"So in my License is it not set down.
"Ah for the sweet Societies I make
"At Morning and before the Nightfall break;
"Ah for the Bliss that with the Setting Sun
"I mix, and, with his Rising, all is done!"

Into Bagdad came a hungry
Arab—after many days of waiting
In to the Khalífah's Supper
Push’d, and got before a Pasty
Luscious as the Lip of Beauty,
Or the Tongue of Eloquence.
Soon as seen, Indecent Hunger
Seizes up and swallows down;
Then his mouth undaunted wiping—
"Oh Khalífah, hear me Swear,
"Not of any other Pasty
"Than of Thine to sup or dine."
The Khalífah laugh’d and answer’d;
"Fool! who thinkest to determine
"What is in the Hands of Fate—
"Take and thrust him from the Gate!"

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