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When the two houses were offered to tho Sultan's inspection, tha t painted by tho Chinese was much admired; but the Greek house carried off the palm, as all the colours of the other house were reflected on its wal ls w ith an end less variety of shades and hues. Knowledge of the heart preferable to the knowledge of the schools. The knowledge of men of heart bears them up, The knowledge of men of t he body weighs them down. When 'tis knowledge of the heart, it is a friend; When knowledge of the body, it is a burden .
STORY XV. Counsels of Reserve given by the Prophet to his Freedman laid. " He answered, "I was athirst many days, By night I slept not for the burning pangs of love; So that 1 passed by days and nights, As the point of a spear glances off a shield. " The Prophet again urged laid to deliver to him a present from that celestial region, as a token that he had really been there in the spirit. laid answered that he had seen the eight heavens and the seven hells, and the destinies of all men, whether bound to heaven or hell.
Are hearts, when bewitched by Thy smiles and frowns, l In a fit state to see the vision of Thyself? When our hearts are bewitched by Thy smiles and frowns, Can we gain life from these two alternating states? The f ertile garden of love, as it is boundless, Contains other fruits besides joy and sorrow. The true lover is exalted above these two states, He is fresh and green independently of autumn or spring! Pay tithe on Thy beauty, 0 Beauteous One! Tell forth the tale of the Beloved, every whit!