Where with shall I feast the dream
which has brought me my dear one's messenger ?
If my fish-like painted eyes should, at my begging, close in sleep,
I could fully relate my sufferings to my lord.
My life lasts because in my dream I behold him
who does not favour me in my waking hours.
There is pleasure in my dream, because in it
I seek and obtain him who does not visit me in my wakefulness.
I saw him in my waking hours, and then it was pleasant;
I see him just now in my dream, and it is (equally) pleasant.
Were there no such thing as wakefulness,
my beloved (who visited me) in my dream would not depart from me.
The cruel one who would not favour me in my wakefulness,
what right has he to torture me in my dreams?
When I am asleep he rests on my shoulders,
(but) when I awake he hastens into my soul.
They who have no dear ones to behold in their dreams blame him
who visits me not in my waking hours.
The women of this place say he has forsaken me in my wakefulness.
I think they have not seen him visit me in my dreams.
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