The gardens from the farm of al-Mansur

“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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