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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Epigram on Sultan Mahmoud
By Firdausi (c. 940–1020)
 
’TIS said our monarch’s liberal mind
Is like the ocean unconfined.
Happy are they who prove it so;
’Tis not for me that fact to know:
I’ve plunged within its waves, ’tis true,        5
But not a single pearl could view.
 
 
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