by Sally Beamish From Four Songs from Hafez

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English source: Hafez, trans. by Jila Peacock

Roaming the dawn garden
I heard the call of a nightingale

Forlorn like me he loved the rose
And in that cry surged all his warbling grief

I drifted in that garden’s timeless moment
Balancing the plight of rose and bird

For endless roses flower each day
Yet no man plucks a single bloom
Without the risk of thorn

O Hafez, seek no gain from the orbit of this wheel
It has a thousand failings and no concern for you


Sally Beamish

Sally Beamish is a British composer and violist. Her works include chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music. She has also worked in the field of music theatre, film and television, as well as composing for children and for her local…


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