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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Mirza-Jussuf
By Friedrich von Bodenstedt (1819–1892)
 
SEE Mirza-Jussuf now,
  How critical a wight ’tis!
The day displeases him,
  Because for him too bright ’tis.
 
He doesn’t like the rose,—        5
  Her thorn a sad affront is;
And doesn’t like mankind,
  Because its nose in front is.
 
On ev’rything he spies
  His bitter bane he passes;        10
For naught escapes his eyes,
  Except that he an ass is.
 
Thus, evermore at strife
  With Art and Nature too,
By day and night he wanders        15
  Through wastes of misty blue.
 
Mirza-Schaffy bemocks him
  With sly and roguish eye,
And makes of all his bitterness
  The sweetest melody.        20
 
 
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