Story 8 – The Manners Of Kings – Gulistaan-e-Sa.Adii

Hormuzd, being asked what fault the veziers of his father had committed that he imprisoned them, replied: ‘I discovered no fault. I saw that boundless awe of me had taken root in their hearts but that they had no full confidence in my promises, wherefore I apprehended that they, fearing calamities would befall them, might attempt my life and I acted according to the maxim of sages who have said:

‘dread him who dreads thee, O sage,

Although thou couldst cope with a hundred like him.

Seest thou not when the cat becomes desperate

How he plucks out with his claws the eyes of a tiger?

the viper stings the shepherd’s foot

Because it fears he will strike his head with a stone.’

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