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By Edward G. Browne

Approximately 100 years given that its book, E. G. Browne's A Literary background of Persia continues to be a vintage paintings in English at the topic. Spanning 4 volumes, it took Browne over 25 years to put in writing and when it concentrates on Persian literature, it surveys many points of Persian tradition from pre-history to the 20th century. quantity one covers the interval from the earliest sessions of Persian historical past until eventually Firdawsi (AD 935-1020) a hugely respected poet. quantity seems on the early medieval interval and particularly at the poet Saadi (1184-1283). quantity 3 makes a speciality of the Tartar Dominion (1265-1502) and quantity 4 'Modern occasions' covers from 1500 to 1924. A outstanding success upon first booklet, Cambridge college Press is happy for you to convey its variation of this seminal paintings again into print.

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T h e following English example is from Puttenham's Arte of English Poesie (p. 25 I), from a "Partheniade" composed by him on Queen Elizabeth :"Two lips wrought out of rubie rocke, Like leaves to shut and to unlock. " RE TXOSPECTIVE AND INTROD UCTOR Y 52 12. kurzad baklrsltislz-i-iu b& dindr. wajjah. , "implied praise " ; for in the above verse the poet intends primarily to praise his patron's prowess on the field of battle ; but by the simile which he employs-"thou scatterest thy foes by thy valour a5 thou srattercst thy money by thy generosityn-he also hints at another virtue.

Gar malti, fdrigh az hawd-yi kltuszi,f: Gar mayi, imait az baldyi-khuindr I If thou art a moon, [then it is one] free from anxiety of eclipse : If thou art wine [it is wine] exempt from the plague of wine-headache I" Lughaz. T h e next ten verses form a lughaz, or riddle :- 53. Chfst dir dhr, wa a$-i-d nazdik? Chid an fard, wn fill-i-ri bisydr ? 54. - . Klrdm-i-J har-chi 'ilm-rd pukhta: Mast-i-d har-chi 'aql-rd h~~slzydr. 55. Dil-shikan, Efk dard-idil-paywand: Klaush-guzar, lfk rdzgdr- It is popularly believed in the East of the snake, as in the West o f the toad, that it carries in its head a jewel, generally an emerald.

Khusrawd I bd zanzdiza dar jalig-am :k i bi-glzant mi-guddzadain hamwdr : 98. Clzi bzrwad gar kaf-i-tu bar girad az maydn-i-man u zamrfna gltirbdr? 99. Td 'aydn-ast milrr-ld fribish, Id nihdn-asl charkh-rd asrdr, roo. R~izu shab juz snklui ma-bddat shuglzl; dl u nzah juz tarab ma-bddat kdr ! , clisagreemcnt) between me and Fortune ? So long as the shining of the sun is apparent, so long as the secrets of the sphere are hidden, Day and night may thine occupation be naught but generosity : year and month may thy business be naught but enjoyment !

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