The Gulistān

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Trübner & Company, 1880 - 243 páginas
 

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Página 235 - Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches ; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Página 219 - Verily we sent down the Koran in the night of al Kadr.1 And what shall make thee understand how excellent the night or al Kadr is ? The night of al Kadr is better than a thousand months. Therein do the angels descend, and the spirit Gabriel also, by the permission of their Lord, with his decrees concerning every matter. It is peace, until the rising of the morn.
Página 38 - All Adam's race are members of one frame; Since all, at first, from the same essence came. When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed, The other members lose their wonted rest: If thou feel'st not for others' misery, A son of Adam is no name for thee.
Página 101 - Having become weary of the society of my friends at Damascus, I set out for the wilderness of Jerusalem, and associated with the brutes, until I was made prisoner by the Franks, who set me to work along with Jews at digging in the fosse of Tripolis, till one of the principal men of Aleppo, between whom and myself a former intimacy had subsisted, passed that way and recognized me, and said, " What state is this ? and how are you living ?
Página 63 - gainst his fate : Pause but a little while, the earth shall press His brain that did such plans erst meditate. Lost is the difference of king and slave, At the approach of destiny's decree: Should one upturn the ashes of the grave, Could he discern 'twixt wealth and poverty ?' " The discourse of the darwesh made a strong impression on the king. He said, "Ask a boon of me.
Página 211 - ANGER, when excessive, createth terror ; and kindness out of season destroys authority. Be not so severe as to cause disgust, nor so lenient as to encourage audacity.
Página 203 - Seest thou not that in the garden are found together musk-willows and dry logs? so, too, among the rich are those who are thankful and unthankful, and among the poor are the patient and impatient. COUPLET. Could every hailstone to a pearl be turned, Pearls in the mart like oyster shells were spurned. The beloved of the Almighty (may He be honoured and glorified! ) are the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich...
Página 86 - Of what avail is frock, or rosary, " Or clouted garment? Keep thyself but free " From evil deeds, it will not need for thee " To wear the cap of felt : a dervish be " In heart, and wear the cap of Tartary.
Página 123 - XII One of the learned had a large family and small means. He stated his case to a great man, who entertained a favorable opinion of his character. This one turned away from his solicitation, and viewed this prostitution of begging as discreditable with a gentleman of education. If soured by misfortune, present not thyself before a dear friend, for thou may'st also imbitter his pleasure.
Página xxi - Sbah b writes that he lived to the age of one hundred and twenty years; and that after his tenth year he spent thirty years in various countries in acquiring learning, and thirty years more in travelling and making himself practically acquainted with things, and thirty years more in the environs of...

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