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Awhad ad-Din 'Ali ibn Mahmud, or Awhad ad-Din 'Ali ibn Mohammad Khavarani (1126–1189) was a Persian poet and astronomer. He was court-poet of Seljuq Empire.
- O mighty Prince, whose majesty sublime
Scarce deigns to mount the piebald steed of Time;
Whose judgment hits the mark of empire high,
As 'twere an arrow quivered in the Sky–
To-day hath Heav'n arrayed his cloudy throne,
The wind shoots keener shafts than Arish's own;
On every mountain-angle snowflakes star
The landscape, like a jewelled scimitar.
And I have graced my song, as well I may,
With the sweet prelude of another's lay.
For whose'er of such a day hath sight,
(Now chiefly when the tangled locks of Night
Fall thickliest) to his mind will come the line,
"To-day's the day for tent and fire and wine."
The Nine Spheres' influence keep thee safe and fast,
While the Four Elements and Six Directions last!
- Muhammad Aufi's Lubab ul-Albab: vol. 2, p. 137, quoted in Islamic Poetry and Mysticism, p. 17
The Tears of Khorassan
- Waft, gentle gale, oh waft to Samercand,
When next thou visitest that blissful land,
The plaint of Khorassania plung'd in woe:
Bear to Turania's King our piteous scroll,
Whose opening breathes forth all the anguish'd soul,
And close denotes whate'er the tortur'd know.
- The Tears of Khorassan, translated by William Kirkpatrick, quoted in A Literary History of Persia, 1908
- Muhammad Aufi's Lubab ul-Albab: vol. 2
- A Literary History of Persia by Edward Granville Browne, 1908