By Edward G. Browne
Approximately 100 years considering that its book, E. G. Browne's A Literary heritage of Persia continues to be a vintage paintings in English at the topic. Spanning 4 volumes, it took Browne over 25 years to put in writing and while it concentrates on Persian literature, it surveys many facets of Persian tradition from pre-history to the 20th century. quantity one covers the interval from the earliest classes of Persian historical past till Firdawsi (AD 935-1020) a hugely respected poet. quantity seems on the early medieval interval and specifically at the poet Saadi (1184-1283). quantity 3 makes a speciality of the Tartar Dominion (1265-1502) and quantity 4 'Modern occasions' covers from 1500 to 1924. A outstanding fulfillment upon first ebook, Cambridge college Press is happy in an effort to deliver its variation of this seminal paintings again into print.
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36. G~N1-i-rzusraldihad guzdrish-i-JANG ; RAY-i-dawlal zanad himdyat-i-Y~R. 37. R A ~ ~ I s H - I - MGANJA R DBAR^ U Q ~ T ;TU QAW~-RA B I - I A N G DAR M A - S H U M ~ R . -ha%$. -kull. -mujamah. -mustawi "The sky and the stars envy thy worth ; the countries render thanks for thy victory. H e warms the spear-head with the glow of hearts; [of his arrow] rains death o n his foe. [His] exploits of war yield a treasure of victory; tection of friends devises empire. " and lands the nock [his] pro- (p.
29. Bdgh-i-'umr-af (ki fdza bdd muddm Chashm-i-bad d d r /) rawda'ist bi-bdr. "Thy power, should it be exerted, would compel Heaven to forced toil and labour for thee; But thy grace, 0 thou of royal mind I Would by its favours bring forth pearls from the seas. The "generosity" of the highlands consists in the abundance of t h e t streams ~ I l V d h 4 f . " T h e next verse illustrates the figure which is generally called ishtiqLq ("etymology "), but more correctly, shibhu'lishtiqdq (" pseudo-etymology ").
Khdga 'islaq-i-bufiki dar ghazal-ash Midhat-i-Shdh mi-kunam takrdr. 62. Shdyad ar-zdn glzazdla bi-it'ytiskad Zin nawd in gltazal binaghma-i-zdr, "What is that distant one, whose origin is withal near? What is that unique one, whose deeds are withal many ? Whose rawest [recruit] ripens whatever is knowledge : whose most drunken [dependent] gives sense to whatever is understanding. A breaker of hearts, but a healer of hearts' ills : living pleasantly, but compelling fortune : Whose paih is peace to those who have lost their hearts ; whose easiest is hard to the intelligent.