Saadi Shirazi

(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 12 - Poem by Saadi Shirazi

An unjust king asked a devotee what kind of worship is best? He replied: "For thee the best is to sleep one half of the day so as not to injure the people for a while."

I saw a tyrant sleeping half the day.
I said: "This confusion, if sleep removes it, so much the better;
But he whose sleep is better than his wakefulness
Is better dead than leading such a bad life."

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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