|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|A Valuable Voice|
|By Sadī (c. 12131291)|
From the Rose-Garden: Translation of Edward Backhouse Eastwick
|A PERSON was performing gratis the office of summoner to prayer in the mosque of Sanjāriyah, in a voice which disgusted those who heard him. The patron of the mosque was a prince who was just and amiable. He did not wish to pain the crier, and said, O sir! there are Mūazzins attached to this mosque to whom the office has descended from of old, each of whom has an allowance of five dīnārs, and I will give thee ten to go to another place. This was agreed upon, and he departed. After some time he returned to the prince and said, O my lord! thou didst me injustice in sending me from this place for ten dīnārs. In the place whence I have come they offered me twenty dīnārs to go somewhere else, and I will not accept it. The prince laughed and said, Take care not to accept it, for they will consent to give thee even fifty dīnārs.|
|No mattock can the clay remove from off the granite stone|
|So well as thy discordant voice can make the spirit moan.|| 1|