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The Drunk Dervish

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Nightingales in the cypresses, a moon on the lake,
Black stone, white stone, much wine I have drunk.
The bottle singing loud in my heart says now:
The world’s the light in a friend’s face, all else shadow!

I am smitten by the wine server, not today, not yesterday.
Not just yesterday, not today, have I drunk all day.
Wherever I go I proclaim I’ve found a great joy:
The world’s the light in a friend’s face, all else shadow!

A vagrant in a slum, a derelict and a beggar
All I ever knew I’ve now forgotten forever,
All because of a gentle tune and a blush’s glow:
The world’s the light in a friend’s face, all else shadow!

I pass among the tombs now where my friends lie,
Why is it so hard to ask the dead about love?
Then a skull screams its secret from the grave’s hole:
The world’s the light in a friend’s face, all else shadow!

Under the moon, beams stir the lakes surface,
The nightingale song has ceased in the cypress,
One alone sings loudly, about nothing at all:
The world’s the light in a friend’s face, all else shadow!

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