Forugh Farrokhzad: The Gift (From Persian)

The Gift
By Forugh Farrokhzād
Translated by A.Z. Foreman
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I speak from the deep of night.
From the deep of dark
And the deep of night, I speak:

Should you come to my house, friend, bring me a lamp
And a window from which
To gaze at the crowds cavorting down in the glad alley.

The Original:

فروغ فرخزاد

من از نهايت شب حرف مىزنم
من از نهايت تاريكى
و از نهايت شب حرف مىزنم

اگر به خانۂ من آمدى براى من اى مهربان چراغ بيار
و يك دريچه كه از آن
به ازدحام كوچۂ خوشبخت بنگرم

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