Baba Tahir

Baba Tahir

(1000 – 1019/1060) Baba Tahir is one of the earliest poets of medieval Persia. A Sufi and a dervish, he lived and died in the 11th century, and composed poems in the then new ruba`i form (quatrain) which became famous a generation later among the intellectuals and mystics notably Omar Khayyam. Baba Tahir is known as one of the most revered and respectable early poets in Persian literature.

 

Baba Tahir

The Lament of Baba Tahir

The Lament of Baba Tahir

Like hyacinths on roses Thy tangled locks are strung; Shake out those gleaming tresses, And lo, a lover youg On every hair is hung.

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