Gulistan of Saadi
The Morals of Dervishes
A man was sleeping dead drunk on the highway and the bridle of spontaneity had slipped from his
hands. A hermit passed near him and considered the disgraceful condition he was in. The youth raised
his head and recited: When they passed near something contemptible, they passed it kindly. When
thou beholdest a sinner be concealing and meek.
Turn not thy face from a sinner, O anchorite.
Look upon him with benignity.
If I am ignoble in my actions
Pass me by like a noble fellow.