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GUARDIANS

By

SAADI

 
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.

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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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