T H E FA B L E S OF PIL PAY :
MEMBER or the Asiatic societies or paris AND boxth Ay; honor ARY MEMBER of the MADRAS
Literary society; etc.; Professor of oriental Languages, and Libraki AN IN THE East-
INDIA college, halleybury; ANd translator of the “gullston" “Bagh. o BAILAB,” etc.
Just as thou hearest now from Pahlavi,
"Kalilah' donned the Arab garb we see:
Till Nasar's time, unchanged, it thus survived;
But when great Nasar in the world arrived,
Wise Abú'l Fazal, wazir of the State—
Storehouse of wit and peerless in debate-
Bade it appear clothed in the Persian tongue:
He gave the word, and lo! the task was done.
And thus transcribed, new wisdom breathed in it,
Its guiding precepts shone with added wit,
And its great Patron thus bequeathed to fame—
To sight and soul—the impress of his Name.
To Rūdaki the praises all belong;
The blind bard heard and clothed the tales in song.
"Twas he that ranged the words at random flung,
Pierced the fair pearls and them together strung.
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