Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sadi--Persian, died 1292, Shiraz

Look, the unworthy is the friend of luck.
The reasonable submit: choose.
Since you do not have sharp, rending claws,
It is wiser not to war.
Whoever grapples steel arms
Pains his own weak wrists.
Wait for time to tie his hand.
Then, for the pleasure of your friends,
Knock out his brains.

(tr. RM Rehder)

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