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Hunger and thirst oppress me sore,
They say thou art a glorious king,
Mine oath forbids me to betray
See how she clings with trembling wings.
'No flesh of lambs', the hawk replied,
But if affection for the dove
Thy pitying heart has stirred,
He carved the flesh from off his side,
While women's cries smote on the skies,
He hacked the flesh from side and arm, From chest and back and thigh,
But still above the little dove
The monarch's scale stood high.
He heaped the scale with piles of flesh, With sinews, blood, and skin,
And when alone was left him bone
He threw himself therein.
Then thundered voices through the air;
The blessed gods, from every sphere,
While drum and flute and shell and lute,
They rained immortal chaplets down,
Which hands celestial twine, And softly shed upon his head
Pure Amrit, drink divine.
Then God and Seraph, Bard and Nymph
And a glad throng with dance and song,
They set him on a golden car,
That blazed with many a gem;
Thus Kâshi's lord, by noble deed,
From Additional Notes to the Râmâyana, translated by Griffith.
118. PROSPERITY AND ADVERSITY.
Adversity is a school in which many valuable lessons are learned, which can scarcely be gained in any other. Here we become acquainted with ourselves, with the frailties of our natures, with the fallacies of the world, with the worth and necessity of religion. Here the powers of the soul are called forth, and trained in a discipline, which, however severe, is found to be salutary. Some virtues are only seen in affliction, and some in prosperity; if the latter are more showy and attractive, the former are more solid and enduring. Humility, patience, fortitude, prudence, and pious resignation are best promoted by events and circumstances of a dark and disastrous kind. At such a time we wake from inglorious slumber, and the vain illusions and dreams, which before amused us are scattered and dispersed. -RUSTICUS.
Adversity willingly undergone is the highest virtue.
Oh, cease to weep, this storm will yet decay,
In every human heart the hope of happiness prevails,
But human existence is in its nature beset with happiness and misery,
And grief therefore every one is destined to suffer.
If the human system were proof against all diseases and pain,
All would have been full of conceit and vain.
Prosperity is the time when men neglect their duties,
As then only the love of friends is tested,
When experience of adversity is obtained by men, They understand many an error in life committed by them;
In adversity they learn to compassionate others and mercifully give charitable gifts to the poor.
In adversity those inflamed with arrogance give up their egotism,
The boasters forget the habit of boasting;
And the foolish persons cease ridiculing and offending humbled merit.
Unhappy Narmad! Do not be vexed
The Lord of the Universe will soon allay your difficulties;
Have ample patience, oh friend!
And stick fast to morality.
• A Gujaráti poet.
Dark clouds roll up and obscure the sun, but we know there is light above the clouds.
Bear and blame not what you cannot change.
Heaven has to all allotted, soon or late,
Some lucky revolution of their fate.
Adversity has ever been considered as the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself -particularly being free from flatterers.
It is not but the tempest that doth show
Adversity, sage useful guest,
Affliction is the good man's shining scene;