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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Orphan
By Sa’dī (c. 1213–1291)
 
From the ‘Garden of Perfume’: Translation of H. Wilberforce Clarke

CAST protection over the head of the one father-dead;
Scatter his dust of affliction, and pluck out his thorn.
 
Knowst thou not how very dejected his state was?
May a rootless tree be ever green?
 
When thou seest an orphan, head lowered in front [from grief],        5
Give not a kiss to the face of thy own son.
 
If the orphan weeps, who buys for his consolation?
And if he becomes angry, who leads him back [to quietude]?
 
Beware that he weep not; for the great throne of God
Keeps trembling when the orphan weeps.        10
 
Pluck out with kindness the tear from his pure eye;
Scatter with compassion the dust of affliction from his face.
 
If his [father’s] protection departed from over his head,
Do thou cherish him with thy own protection.
 
I esteemed my head crown-worthy at that time        15
When I held my head in my father’s bosom.
 
If a fly had sat on my body,
The heart of some would have become distressed.
 
If now enemies should bear me away captive,
None of my friends is a helper.        20
 
For me [there] is acquaintance with the sorrows of orphans,
For in childhood my father departed in death, from my head.
 
 
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