Translated with an Introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis

It was in China, late one moonless night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight – He let a feather float down through the air, And rumours of its fame spread everywhere; Throughout the world men separately conceived An image of its shape, and all believed Their private fantasies uniquely true!

The conference of the birds by (15%)'s almost as if this 12th Century poet anticipated what Western Christians would do to all of Persian poetry centuries later....