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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Humanity
By Sa’dī (c. 1213–1291)
 
From the ‘Garden of Perfume’: Text of K. H. Graf; Translation of Samuel Robinson

A MAN found in the desert a thirsty dog, which from want of drink was at its last gasp.  1
  The worthy man made a bucket of his cap, and twisted his muslin sash into a rope;  2
  Then he girded his waist and extended his arms for service, and gave to the feeble dog a sup of water.  3
  The Prophet revealed of his future condition, that the Supreme Judge had for this act pardoned his sins.  4
  Oh, if thou hast been a hard man, bethink thee; learn to be kind, and make beneficence thy business!  5
  If a kindness done to a dog is not lost, how should that be which is done to a worthy man?  6
  Do good as you find it offered to your hand; the Master of the Universe hath closed against no one the door for doing some good.  7
  To give from your treasury a talent of gold is of less worth than a carat bestowed by the hand of labor.  8
  Each one shall bear the burthen proportioned to his strength: the foot of a locust would be heavy for an ant.  9
 
 
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