Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 18

Sa di 1210 (Shiraz) – 1291 (Shiraz)

An Arab suffering in the desert from extreme thirst recited:

  ‘Would that before my death
  I could one day enjoy my wish
  That a river’s waves might strike my knee
  And I might fill my water-bag.’

In the same manner another traveller lost himself in an extensive region having neither any strength nor food left but he possessed some money and roamed about and the road leading him nowhere he perished from exhaustion. Some people afterwards discovered his corpse with the money in front of it and the following written on the ground:

  If possessed of all the Ja’feri gold,
  It will avail nothing to a hungry man.
  To a poor man burnt in the desert
  Boiled turnips are more valuable than pure silver.

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