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“Does fate, save those worthy of note, oppress?”

“Life has two days: one peace, one wariness

And has two sides: worry and happiness

Ask him who taunts us with adversity

“Does fate, save those worthy of note, oppress?”

Don’t you see that blowing, raging storms

Only the tallest of the tress beset,

And of earth’s many green and barren lots,

Only the ones with fruits with stones are hit,

And of the countless stars in heaven’s vault

None is eclipsed except the moon and sun?

You thought well of the days, when they were good

Oblivious to the ills destined for one.

You were deluded by the peaceful nights,

Yet in the peace of night does sorrow stun.”

(“The Merchant and the Demon – Thousand and One Nights)

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