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The tombs of Hazif and Saadi (1906) (14595661299)


The tombs of Hazif and Saadi (1906) (14595661299)



Identifier: cu31924028627036 (find matches)
Title: Persia past and present; a book of travel and research, with more than two hundred illustrations and a map
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Jackson, A. V. Williams (Abraham Valentine Williams), 1862-1937
Subjects: Zoroastrianism
Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company London, Macmillan & Co., ltd.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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abic inscription, the tenor of which isthe transitory character of human things and the eternal natureof God; while at the bottom is added the date of the poetsdeath, which is given as the year 1389 (a.h. 791).^ The pres-ent governor of Shiraz has taken pains to have the sepulchreprotected by a large iron grating which is more imposing thanthe old metal cage that formerly enclosed it, and the scroll-work and design show some artistic taste. The stanchions andcorner-posts, however, are iron telegraph poles, received fromthe Indo-European Telegraph Company, and the Shirazisseemed to be almost as proud of these and of the little metalflags that decorate the top, as of the inscribed slab over thepoets dust. 1 See Ker Porter, Travels, 1. 694- 2 gee Curzon, Persia, 2. 109. 695. Sir Gore Ouseley (Notices of For the inscriptions see Browne, the Persian Poets, p. 40, London, 1846) A Tear Amongst the Persians, pp. 280- spoke of the grave as being in excel- 281.lent order when he saw it in 1811.
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TEE TOMBS OF HAFIZ AND SAADI 333 The tomb of Saadi lies about a mile farther northward in aslight hollow of the plain and is called the Saadiah. Like thetomb of Hafiz, it is in an enclosed garden, and a grove of pop-lars, cypresses, fragrant shrubs, and rose bushes surrounds thebuilding which contains the remains of Persias great moralistand poet. It is a fitting resting-place for one who gave thetitles of Rose Garden ( Grulistdn) and Garden of Perfume(^BostdTi) to his two chief works. Within this precinct Saadialone is buried — at least I saw no other graves — and thesepulchre itself is now enclosed within a building. The cham-ber in which the sarcophagus stands is entered through a stoutdoor, and the poets remains lie in a heavy stone case surroundedby a metal network. The room itself is without decoration,but is richly carpeted with a Persian rug, on which the footfalls noiselessly as one moves about the sarcophagus to do hom-age to the memory of the dead. The same Arabic inscr

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