Gulistan of Saadi
The Manners of Kings
A padshah having issued orders to kill an innocent man, the latter said: ‘O king, seek not thine own
injury on account of the anger thou bearest towards me.’ He asked: ‘How?’ The man replied: ‘This
punishment will abide with me one moment but the sin of it forever with thee.’
The period of life has passed away like the desert wind.
Bitter and sweet, ugliness and beauty have passed away.
The tyrant fanded he had done injury to us.
It remained on his neck and passed away from us.
This admonition having taken effect, the king spared his blood.