Loaves & Hyacinths; Bread & Roses
April 13, 2012 by PaulM Posted in History, Lowell, Poetry Leave a Comment
Here’s another piece of lyrical writing that former Mayor John Robert Smith of Meridian, Mississippi, quoted at the Creative Placemaking Summit on Wednesday. This sentiment pre-dates the Bread & Roses slogan of Lawrence by some centuries, but makes the same case about the need to feed soul and body.
“If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul.”
– Prophet Muhammad (570-632)
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
and from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy Hyacinths to feed thy Soul.
Sa’di (Persian poet, 1184-1283)