Gulistan of Saadi | On Love and Youth | Story 9

Gulistan of Saadi

On Love and Youth

 Story 9

 

I knew a learned man who had fallen in love with someone but his secret having fallen from the veil
of concealment into publicity, he endured abundant persecution and displayed boundless patience. I
said once to him by way of consolation: ‘I know thou entertainest no worldly motive nor inclination
for baseness. It is nevertheless unbecoming the dignity of a scholar to expose himself to suspicions
and to bear the persecutions of mannerless persons.’ He replied: ‘O friend, take off the hand of
reproach from my skirt because I have often meditated on the opinion which thou entertainest but
have found it easier to bear persecution for his sake than not to see him; and philosophers have said
that it is easier to accustom the heart to strife, than to turn away the eye from seeing the beloved.

Who has his heart with a heart-ravisher
Has his beard in another’s hand.
A gazelle with a halter on the neck
Is not able to walk of its own accord.
If he, without whom one cannot abide,
Becomes insolent it must be endured.
I one day told him to beware of his friend
But I often asked pardon for that day.
A friend does not abandon a friend.
I submit my heart to what he wills.
Whether he kindly calls me to himself
Or drives me away in anger he knows best.

 

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