Gulistan of Saadi | The Morals of Dervishes | Story 45

Gulistan of Saadi | The Morals of Dervishes | Story 45

Gulistan of Saadi

The Morals of Dervishes

 Story 45

 

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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