The Bustan or Orchard of Sa'di by Sa'di Shirazi (Translated by Charles Horne)

By Sa'di Shirazi (Translated by Charles Horne)

THIS ninety eight web page ARTICLE was once EXTRACTED FROM THE booklet: Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East: Medieval Persia, via Charles F. Horne. to buy the complete ebook, please order ISBN 0766100049.

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The candle replied, “O, my friend! Love is not thy business. Thou fliest from before a flame; I stand erect until I am entirely consumed. ” Grieve not over the grave of one who lost his life for his friend; be glad of heart, for he was the chosen of Him. I thou art a lover, wash not thy head of the sickness of love; like Sa‘di, wash thy hands of selfishness. A devoted lover holds not back his hand from the object of his affections though arrows and stones may rain upon his head. Be cautious; if thou goest down to the sea, give thyself up the storm.

The Story of a Kind Master and His Disobedient Slave An eminent man, famous for his many virtues, possessed a slave of evil disposition, who in ugliness of feature surpassed every one in the city. He 60 V THE ORCHARD closely attended his master at meal times, but he would not have given a drop of water to a dying man. Neither reproof nor the rod influenced him; the house was in a constant state of disorder through him. Sometimes, in his bad temper, would he litter the paths with thorns and rubbish; at other times, throw the chickens down the well.

40 V THE ORCHARD Like moths, they burn themselves in the fire of love. Their beloved is in their breasts, yet do they seek Him; though near a fountain, their lips are parched. True Love’s Devotion: A Discourse Concerning Constancy Thy love renders thee impatient and disturbed. With such sincerity has thou placed thy head at her feet that thou art oblivious to the world. When in the eyes of thy beloved riches count not, gold and dust are as one to thee. Thou sayest that she dwelleth in thine eyes—if they be closed, she is in thy mind.

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