Saadi Shirazi

(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 01 Manner of Kings Story 12 Poem by Saadi Shirazi


An unjust king asked a devotee what kind of worship is best? He replied: "For thee the best is to sleep one half of the day so as not to injure the people for a while."

I saw a tyrant sleeping half the day.
I said: "This confusion, if sleep removes it, so much the better;
But he whose sleep is better than his wakefulness
Is better dead than leading such a bad life."

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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