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THE GOLESTAN OF SA'DI
Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi
Translated by Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)
Of what use will be a dish of roses to you
Golestan in Persian means "rose-garden" and Golestan of Sa'di
is a composition of stories and maxims each representing a flower of this
"This well-arranged composition will remain for years, When every atom of our dust is dispersed. The intention of this design was that it should survive Because I perceive no stability in my existence, Unless one day a pious man compassionately Utters a prayer for the works of dervishes."
The author, having deliberated upon the arrangement of the book, and the adornment of the chapters, deemed it suitable to curtail the diction of this beautiful garden and luxuriant grove and to make it resemble paradise, which also has eight entrances. The abridgment was made to avoid tediousness.
The Book of Golestan is composed of 8 Chapters, Introduction and Conclusion. Each Chapter depicts a number of Stories, Maxims and Admonitions.
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