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Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 11
(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 11

Poem By Saadi Shirazi

I asked one of the people of Baghdad what he thought of beardless youths. He replied: ‘There is no good in them for when one of them is yet delicate and wanted he is insolent; but when he becomes rough and is not wanted he is affable.’

When a beardless youth is beautiful and sweet
His speech is bitter, his temper hasty.
When his beard grows and he attains puberty
He associates with men and seeks affection.

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