“Poems from The Divan of Hafiz” is a 1897 collection of poems by Gertrude Bell. Contents include: “Arise, Oh Cup-Bearer, Rise! And Bring”, “The Bird Of Gardens Sang Unto The Rose”, “Wind From The East, Oh Lapwing Of The Day”, “Sleep On Thine Eyes, Bright As Narcissus Flowers”, “Oh Turkish Maid Of Shiraz! In Thy Hand”, “A Flower-Tinted Cheek, The Flowery Close”, “From The Garden Of Heaven A Western Breeze”, “The Rose Has Flushed Red, The Bud Has Burst”, etc. A wonderful collection of poems written by a woman who played a major role in establishing administering the modern state of Iraq.
Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE (1868–1926) was an English writer, political officer, traveller, archaeologist, and administrator. She became an important policy-maker in the British Empire as a result of her extensive knowledge and contacts, which she built up through her numerous travels in Mesopotamia, Greater Syria, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Other notable works by this author include: “Poems from the Divan of Hafiz” (1892), “The Desert and the Sown” (1907), and “Mountains of the Servants of God” (1910). This classic work is being republished now in a new edition with specially curated introductory material.