Saadi Shirazi

(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 45 - Poem by Saadi Shirazi

A kind old man in Baghdad
Gave his daughter to a cobbler.
The cruel little man so bit her
That blood flowed from the daughter’s lips.
Next morning the father saw her thus
And going to the bridegroom asked him:
‘O mean wretch, what teeth are these?
Chewest thou thus her lips? They are not leather.
I do not say these words in jest,
Leave joking off and enjoy her seriously.
If ill humour becomes fixed in a nature
It will not leave it till the time of death.’

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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