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Bustan Of Sa'di

Bustan Of Sa'di


Bustan is a book of poetry by the Persian poet Saadi, completed in 1257 and dedicated to the Salghurid Atabeg Sa'dI or Sa'dII. This book is one of the 100 greatest books of all time according to The Guardian.

It was Saadi's first work, and its title means "the orchard".

The book contains the fruits of Saadi's long experience and his judgements upon life, and is illustrated by a vast collection of anecdotes. It includes accounts of Saadi's travels and his analysis of human psychology. He often mentions his accounts with fervor and advice similar to Aesop's fables. It is composed in mathnawī style (rhyming couplets), and has been translated into English. The Bustan was translated into Dutch in 1688 by Daniel Havart.

The goodness of God surpasseth imagination; what service can the tongue of praise perform?

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