VERSES WRITTEN ORIGINALLY IN THE PERSIC LANGUAGE.
1 IF mortal hands thy peace destroy,
2 Or friendship's gifts bestow,
3 Wilt thou to Man ascribe thy joy?
4 To Man impute thy woe?
5 'Tis God, whose thoughts to various ends
6 The human lot dispose,
7 Around thee plant assisting friends,
8 Or heap avenging Foes.
9 Not from the Bow the deaths proceed,
10 But from the Archer's skill;
11 Who lends the thirsty shaft its speed,
12 And gives it strength to kill.
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Title (in Source Edition): VERSES WRITTEN ORIGINALLY IN THE PERSIC LANGUAGE.
Author: James Merrick
Themes: God; fate; fortune; providence
Genres: imitation; translation; paraphrase
References: DMI 32286
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