c. 940, Tus, Samanid Empire.
Ferdowsi was a Persian poet.
How shall a man escape from that which is written; How shall he flee from his destiny?
The man who talketh much and never acteth will not be held in reputation by anyone.
And now may the blessing of God rest upon all men. I have told unto them the Epic of Kings, and the Epic of Kings is come to a close, and the tale of their deeds is ended.
If passion gaineth the mastery over reason, the wise will not count thee amongst men.
And the blood of brave men was shed like unto the shedding of rain from a black cloud.
In no wise ask about the faults of others, for he who reporteth the faults of others will report thine also.
Keep thy heart afar from sorrow, and be not anxious about the trouble which is not yet come.