“Come and drink with me, now that the garden wears
A gown of flowers woven by the rain,
Now the veil of the sun is golden
And the green skirt of the earth pearled with dew
In this pavilion which is like the firmament in which
The face of my beloved like the moon shines.
The stream is like the Milky Way flanked by
The guests like brilliant stars”.
Ali ben Ahmad. Valencia, 11th century
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