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The Hafez Poems of Gertrude Bell

Hafez, translated and introduced by Gertrude Bell
ISBN: 978-0-936347-39-4
Format: Softcover
Trim: 5½ x 8½ inches
Publication Date: 01/01/1995
Pages: 168
Language: English & Persian



Bell's translation of Hafez, along with the original Persian. Includes and extensive introduction and a preface by E. Denison Ross.


Miss Bells [translations] are true poetry of a very high order and, with perhaps the single exception of FitzGerald's paraphrase of the Quatrains of Omar Khayyam, are probably the finest and most truly poetical renderings of any Persian poet ever produced in the English language.

— Edward G. Browne

… no book has been so reverenced, no poet so celebrated, and no verse so cherished as Hafez's ghazals. Auguries from his divan have decided the fates of individuals and empires, rebels and heretics as well as the pious have died with lines by Hafez on their lips, and religious and philosophic arguments have been won by apt quotation of a hemistich.

Hafez sang a rare blend of human and mystic love so balanced, proportioned, and contrived with artful ease that it is impossible to separate the one from the other; and rhetorical artifice is so delicately woven into the fabric of wisdom and mysticism that it imparts a freshness to ideas …

— Wheeler M. Thackston


Shamseddin Mohammad of Shiraz, whose nom de plume was to be "Hafez" was born sometime between 1317 and 1326. He is the Persian languages most popular writer.

Gertrude Lowthian Bell (1868-1926): poet, scholar, historian, mountaineer, linguist, traveler and intelligence officer. Her renditions of Hafez, done when she was in her twenties, are considered the best in the English language. Her introduction to and biography of the poet is still considered quite valuable. She was responsible, during the First World War, for the creation of modern Iraq, the accession of Faisal to its throne and the preservation of the antiquities of Babylon.

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