Sa di

Here you will find the Long Poem Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 17 of poet Sa di

Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 17

In the year when Muhammad Khovarezm Shah concluded peace with the king of Khata to suit his own purpose, I entered the cathedral mosque of Kashgar and saw an extremely handsome, graceful boy as described in the simile:

 Thy master has taught thee to coquet and to ravish hearts, 
 Instructed thee to oppose, to dally, to blame and to be severe. 
 A person of such figure, temper, stature and gait 
 I have not seen; perhaps he learnt these tricks from a fairy. 

He was holding in his hand the introduction to Zamaksharni?s Arabic syntax and reciting: Zaid struck Amru and was the injurer of Amru. I said: `Boy! Khovarezm and Khata have concluded peace, and the quarrel between Zaid and Amru still subsists!? He smiled and asked for my birthplace. I replied: `The soil of Shiraz.? He continued: `What rememberest thou of the compositions of Sa?di?? I recited:

 `I am tired by a nahvi who makes a furious attack 
 Upon me, like Zaid in his opposition to Amru. 
 When Zaid submits he does not raise his head 
 And how can elevation subsist when submission is the regent? 

He considered awhile and then said: `Most of his poetry current in this country is in the Persian language. If thou wilt recite some, it will be more easily understood.? Then I said:

 `When thy nature has enticed thee with syntax 
 It blotted out the form of intellect from our heart. 
 Alas, the hearts of lovers are captive in thy snare. 
 We are occupied with thee but thou with Amru and Zaid.? 

The next morning, when I was about to depart, some people told him that I was Sa?di, whereon he came running to me and politely expressed his regret that I had not revealed my identity before so that he might have girded his loins to serve me in token of the gratitude due to the presence of a great man.

 In spite of thy presence no voice came to say: I am he. 

He also said: `What would it be if thou wert to spend in this country some days in repose that we might derive advantage by serving thee?? I replied: `I cannot on account of the following adventure which occurred to me:

 I beheld an illustrious man in a mountain region 
 Who had contentedly retired from the world into a cave. 
 Why, said I, comest thou not into the city 
 For once to relax the bonds of thy heart? 
 He replied: `Fairy-faced maidens are there. 
 When clay is plentiful, elephants will stumble.? 

This I said. Then we kissed each other?s heads and faces and took leave of each other.

 What profits it to kiss a friend?s face 
 And at the same time to take leave of him? 
 Thou wouldst say that he who parts from friends is an apple. 
 One half of his face is red and the other yellow. 
 If I die not of grief on the day of separation 
 Reckon me not faithful in friendship.