In life’s small things be resolute and great
To keep thy muscle trained: know’st thou when Fate
Thy measure takes, or when she’ll say to thee,
‘I find thee worthy; do this deed for me’?
A camel-driver, angry with his drudge,
Beating him, called him hunchback; to the hind
Thus spake a dervish: ‘Friend, the Eternal Judge
Dooms not his work, but ours, the crooked mind.’
Swiftly the politic goes: is it dark?–he borrows a lantern;
Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his steps by the stars.
‘Where lies the capital, pilgrim, seat of who governs the Faithful?’
‘Thither my footsteps are bent: it is where Saadi is lodged.’