All Things Else

From Poems From the Sanskrit , translated by John Brough ©1977:

Water to quench a blaze,
Shade to keep off the sun’s fierce light,
Goad for the elephant in rut,
Stick for the ox and mule,
Herbs to subdue disease,
Spells for the poison serpent’s bite–
All things else have an antidote:
Nothing can cure a fool.


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