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Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 33

Saadi Shirazi was a major Persian poet and prose write of the medieval period.

A padshah asked a hermit: ‘How spendest thou thy precious time?’ He replied: ‘I am all night engaged in prayer, during the morning in supplications and the rest of the day in restricting my expenses.’ Then the king ordered a sufficient allowance to be allotted to him so as to relieve him of the cares of his family.

  O thou who art encumbered with a family,
  Think no more of ever enjoying freedom.
  Cares for children, raiment and food
  Restrain thee from the heavenly kingdom.
  Every day I renew my determination
  To wait upon God until the night.
  In the night, while tying the knot of prayer,
  I think what my children will eat on the morrow.