by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by William Jones, Sir (1746 - 1794)

On parent knees, a naked new‑born child
Language: English  after the Persian (Farsi) 
On parent knees, a naked new-born child,
Weeping thou sat'st, while all around thee [smiled]1:
So live, that sinking to thy [last long]2 sleep,
Calm thou may'st smile, [while]3 all around thee weep.

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Confirmed with Bartlett, John, comp. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed, rev. and enl. by Nathan Haskell Dole. Boston: Little, Brown, 1919;, 2000.

1 Fine, Finzi: "smil'd"
2 Fine, Finzi: "life's last"
3 Fine: "whilst"


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