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1997 Azerbaijani stamp of the great Persian poet Khaqani

Afzaladdin Khaqani (1121/1122, Shamakhi, Shirwan – 1190, Tabriz) was a Persian poet.


  • The bird that sings the song of pain is love
    The courier who knows the tongue of the Unseen is love
    The existence that call you to nonexistence is love
    And that which redeems you from you is love
    • Translation by R. Saberi
  • Do you know what I benefitted from this world? Nothing
    And what I gained from the days of life? Nothing
    I am a candle of wisdom; but when extinguished, nothing
    I am the cup of Jamshid; but when broken nothing
    • Translation by R. Saberi

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