|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|For Gods Sake! Read Not|
|By Sadī (c. 12131291)|
From the Rose-Garden: Translation of Edward Backhouse Eastwick
|A MAN with a harsh voice was reading the Kurān in a loud tone. A sage passed by and asked, What is thy monthly stipend? He replied, Nothing. Wherefore, then, asked the sage, dost thou give thyself this trouble? He replied, I read for the sake of God. Then, said the sage, for Gods sake! read not.|
|If in this fashion the Kurān you read,|
|Youll mar the loveliness of Islāms creed.|| 1|