Saadi Shirazi

(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 38 - Poem by Saadi Shirazi

A company of philosophers were discussing a subject in the palace of Kesra and Barzachumihr, having remained silent, they asked him why he took no share in the debate. He replied: "Veziers are like physicians and the latter give medicine to the sick only but, as I perceive that your opinions are in conformity with propriety, I have nothing to say about them."

When an affair succeeds without my idle talk
It is not meet for me to speak thereon.
But if I see a blind man near a well
It is a crime for me to remain silent.




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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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