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Saadi - The Gulistan of Sa‘di – 18 from The Morals of Dervishes

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015293

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Saadi - The Gulistan of Sa‘di – 18 from The Morals of Dervishes

One night I had in the desert of Mekkah become so weak from want of sleep that I was unable to walk and, laying myself down, told the camel driver to let me alone.

How far can the foot of a wretched pedestrian go
When a dromedary gets distressed by its load?
While the body of a fat man becomes lean
A weak man will be dead of exhaustion.

He replied: “O brother, the sanctuary is in front of us and brigands in the rear. If you go you will prosper. If you sleep you will die.”

It is pleasant to sleep under an acacia on the desert road
But alas! You must bid farewell to life on the night of departure.

The source of the experience

Saadi

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Observation contributed by: John Bryant