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I hold the Lion’s Paw

Whenever I dance.

I know the ecstasy of the falcon’s wings

When they make love against the sky…”

HAFIZ—14TH CENTURY

(Trans. Ladinsky)


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Book title and excerpt on page 3: From the poem “I Hold the Lion’s Paw” from the Penguin publication The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, copyright © 1999 Daniel Ladinsky and used with his permission

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