The story goes:
Kais went on a cold morning to Leyla’s neighbourhood.
Noticing Kais arrival among their gathering, Ward friends told the latter to be patient - for he should keep a noble behaviour regarding the fool.
After greetings, Kais asked Ward if he could answer a request. As the man accepted, the poet recited the following:
"May your witness be god, did Leyla you hold * Before dawn, or on lips kissed her?
And did Leyla’s hair waved upon you * like cloves do wave under the dew?
As if cloves, musky air and beauties amber * Hided, all of them, down there”.
Ward, keeping patient, kindly answered:
"Kais, if god is my witness, I would say: yes".
It is said that the poet - as they were sitting around a fire - catched a burning branch with both hands. Neither Ward nor friends could hold the fool from his deed, till he faint out of pain.
— Nizami Ganjavi, The Five Treasures (Panj Ganj), Bab Leyli Va Majnun (Personal translation from Arabic).