The Qualities of a Good Wife.
From: The Garden of Fragrance – translation of the Bostán of Sádi
A wife who is charming, obedient, and chaste,Makes a king of the man knowing poverty's taste.Go! and boast by the beat of five drums at your gate,That you have by your side an agreeable mate! If, by day, sorrow trouble you, be not distressed! When, by night, a grief-soother reclines on your breast When a man's house is thriving, his wife friendly too,Towards him is directed God's merciful view.When a lovely-faced woman is modest and nice,Her husband on seeing her tastes Paradise.The man in this world his heart's longing has found,Whose wife and himself are in harmony bound.If choice in her language and chaste in her ways,On her beauty or ugliness fix not your gaze! For the heart by an amiable wife's more impressed,Than by one of great personal beauty possessed; A sociable nature is hostile to strife, And covers a number of faults in a wife.