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Full text of "The Dabistan"

" * 0 thou who art not informed of thy own state,

" * How shall I give thee an account of my condition?'

" When the words of the dog came upon my ear,

*' A resplendent sun fell into my mind.

" In the sense of (these words indicative of the dog's] insanity,

" My own sense found the authority of a precept. i

" The desire of wandering in the garden left my heart,

" Which assumed the quality of a tulip and a deep mark;

" It saw nothing upon the path of profligacy

*' But the privation of remedies.

" I said again to her: * 0 lion-like dog,

*' e The morning-breeze learns from thee rapidity:

" ' Manifest to me the state of thy heart,

" ' Exhibit to me the form of its history.'

" She gave a howl, and, emitting lamentations:

** Rendered testimony of her own secret condition :

" * I devoured the blood of the offspring of my own womb

" * That nobody might place a weight upon my head."

In the year of the Hejira 1056 (A. D. 1647),
according to information received, Fakhera Tarsa
left his old habitation in Ahmed abad of Guzerat.
The father of the Durvish, the pious Sabjani, was
an inhabitant of Hirat, but he was born in India.
This illustrious person made a great proficiency
in the sciences of philosophy and history, and ac-
quired also a fortune ; but he at last turned his
face from it, and chose retirement and solitude ; for

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Literally: " In this bird from insanity the bird of my heart found the
'* station of a command." It is known that murgh, " birds," among
other significations, has that of " the heart, the understanding."