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

I RECALL to my memory how, during the life of my father,—may the rain of mercy every moment descend upon him!—  1
  He bought for me in my childhood a tablet and a writing-book, and for my finger a golden seal-ring.  2
  As it happened, a peddler came to the door, and in exchange for a date carried off the ring from my hand;  3
  For a little child cannot estimate the value of a seal-ring, and will easily part with it for anything sweet.  4
  And thou too dost not estimate the value of a life, who throwest it away in luxurious indulgences.  5
  In the Resurrection, when the righteous arrive at the lofty place, and are raised from the damp pit to the region of the Pleiades,  6
  Will thy head not be bowed down in abasement, when all thy works shall be assembled before thee?  7
  O brother, be ashamed now to do the deeds of the bad, that thou mayest not need to be ashamed in the face of the good.  8
  On that day when inquest shall be made into deeds and words, and the body even of those who have striven after holiness shall tremble,  9
  With what excuse for thy sins wilt thou hear thy summons, when the very Prophets will be overwhelmed with terror?  10
 
 
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