Earthly And Heavenly Interests

BEN Adam had a golden coin one day,

Which he put out at interest to a Jew.

Year after year, awaiting him it lay,

Until the double coin two pieces grew,

And these two, four so on, till people said,

"How rich Ben Adam is!" and bowed the servile head.

Ben Selim had a golden coin that day,

Which to a stranger asking alms he gave,

Who went rejoicing on his unknown way;

Ben Selim died too poor to own a grave;

But when He reaches Heaven, angels with pride,

Will Show him the wealth to which his coin had multiplied.