O NIGHT, BE LONG
By Nahabet Kouchak
Translated by Aram Raffi
O Night, be long—long as an endless year!
Descend, thick darkness, black and full of fear!
Tonight my heart’s desire has been fulfilled—
My love is here at last—a guest concealed!
Dawn, stand behind seven mountains—out of sight,
Lest thou my loved one banish with thy light;
I would for ever thus in darkness rest
So I might ever clasp her to my breast.