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“The Knight in the Panther Skin” by Shota Rustaveli

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Thanks to the translation by Lin Coffin and verbatim translation and editing by Prof. Dodona Kiziria I was able to savour the classics of classics of the Georgian literature.

A masterpiece of its time, written in what is known as the Golden era of the Georgian history, “The Knight in the Panther Skin” by Shota Rustaveli is a must read for everyone willing to understand the soul of Georgians, the kindest people on Earth, by me. I was happy to learn from my Georgian friends that it is still part of the schools curricula. I find it telling when societies keep their creative roots and pay tribute to the founders of beautiful things on earth.

The plot is described in many open sources so I will not do it here. There is love and jelousy, betrayal and brotherhood, wealth and poverty, war and peace and all other wordly things in “The Knight in the panther skin”. This is the third/forth attempt to translate it in English. Big kudos to the translators, who did the magic of teleporting the readers to the times of beauty of human relationships fueled by love, friendship, loyalty, courage and faith in God.

My list of favourite verses is very long. Here are only a few:

“She said: ‘Wise people say those who are prudent should never make haste. They act calmly when pressed by Fate, not raging against where they’re placed.”

“If a lover says he listened to a prayer for patience – he lies!”

“Patience is the fountainhead of wisdom, I feel.”

“Lying, we know, is the source of all things ignoble.”

‘Love exalts us’ they tell us, as if heaven’s bells a song would raise. If you cannot conceive this, how can I hope ignorance to raze?”

“Something that God doesn’t will doesn’t happen, and what He wills, stays.”

“The eyes long for all things lovely and beautiful on which to gaze.”

“Wherever I may be, nothing matters if I have my free will!”

“The sweetly discoursing tongue can lure the serpent out of its lair.”

“In the end, I am sure, everything that’s hidden shall come to light.”

“They didn’t say “We don’t have this”; to envy their hearts didn’t yield.”

“Who grieves the future wastes time and strives without reward.”

“This hidden truth was revealed to us by Dionysus, the wise: God creates only good; He lets no evil in the world arise.”