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NOTE:   Abu Muslih bin Abdallah Shirazi, was better known as Saadi.   He was a Persian poet during  the medieval period, although, dates of his birth and death varies.


Kings are but guardians who the poor should keep,

Though this world’s goods wait on their diadem.

Not for the shepherd’s welfare are the sheep;

The shepherd, rather, is for the pasturing them.

To-day thou markest one flushed with success,

Another sick with struggles against fate;

Pause but a little while, the earth shall press

His brain that did such plans erst meditate.

Lost is the difference of King and slave

At the approach of destiny’s decree;

Should one upturn the ashes of the grave,

Could he discern ‘twixt wealth and poverty?


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