Абай Кунанбаев творчество

Стихи, поэмы, биография

Word Five

Sorrow darkens the soul, chills the body, numbs the
will, and then bursts forth in words or tears. I have seen
people praying: Oh, Allah, make me as carefree as a
babe! They imagine themselves to be sufferers, oppressed
by cares and misfortunes, as though they had more sense
than infants.

As to their cares and concern, these can be
judged from the proverbs: If you will live no longer than
noon, make provision for the whole day” Even his father
becomes a stranger to a beggar Cattle for the Kazakh is
flesh of his flesh A rich man has a countenance full of
light, a poor man as hard as stone The dzighit and the
wolf will find their food along the way
The herds of exalted men are left to the care of oth-
errs, except when such men have nothing better to do The
hand that takes also gives He who has managed to get
rich is always in the right If you can’t rely on the bey,
don’t count on God either If you are famished, gallop to
the place of a funeral feast: Beware of a lake with no
shallows and of a people that knows по mercy Such
proverbs are legion.
Now, what do they tell us? It is not learning and
knowledge, nor peace and justice, that the Kazakh holds
dear his sole concern is how to get rich. So he will twist
and turn to cajole some of their riches from other people,
and if he does not succeed, he will see the whole world as
his enemy. He will have no scruples about fleecing even
his own father. It is not customary among us to censure
those who gain possession of livestock by trickery, lies,
pillage or other crimes.
So, in what way does their mind differ from that of a
child? Children are afraid of the blazing hearth, while
adults have по fear even of the fires of hell. When they feel
ashamed, children would like the earth to swallow them
up, but adults know по shame at all. Is it this that makes
them superior to children? If we will not give them what
we own, if we refuse to let them ruin us and do not descend
to their level, they will turn their back on us.
Is this the people whom we should love with all our
heart?

Abay(Абай Құнанбаев)

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