John Godfrey Saxe

(1816-1887 / the United States)

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A Persian Tale

That blessings lost, though hard to bear,
Are light when weighed with carking care, -
Some ill whose ever-goading spite
Affects us morning, noon, and night, -
Sadi, the Persian poet, shows
Most humorously. The story goes -
So sings the bard - that, on a time,
Somewhere within the Eastern clime,
A worthy gentleman, whose wife

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