My precious life is saved by the raise of rumour, and this,
to my good luck no others are aware of.
Not knowing the value of her whose eyes are like
flowers this town has got up a rumour about me.
Will I not get a rumour that is known to the (whole) town ?
For what I have not got is as if I had got it (already).
Rumour increases the violence of my passion;
without it it would grow weak and waste away.
As drinking liquor is delightful (to one) whenever one is in mirth,
so is lust delightful to me whenever it is the subject of rumour.
It was but a single day that I looked on (my lover);
but the rumour thereof has spread like the seizure of the moon by the serpent.
This malady (of lust) is manured by the talk of women and watered
by the (harsh) words of my mother.
To say that one could extinguish passion by rumour is
like extinguishing fire with ghee.
When the departure of him who said "fear not" has put me
to shame before others, why need I be ashamed of scandal.
The rumour I desire is raised by the town (itself);
and my lover would if desired consent (to my following him).
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