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  • آن مگس نبود کش این عبرت بود ** روح او نی در خور صورت بود 1090
  • One who possesses this (Divine) indication (of the true meaning) is not a fly: his spirit is not analogous to his (outward) form.
  • تولیدن شیر از دیر آمدن خرگوش‌‌
  • How the lion roared wrathfully because the hare was late in coming.
  • همچو آن خرگوش کاو بر شیر زد ** روح او کی بود اندر خورد قد
  • As (for example) the hare who struck against the lion: how was his spirit analogous to his stature?
  • شیر می‌‌گفت از سر تیزی و خشم ** کز ره گوشم عدو بر بست چشم‌‌
  • The lion from fury and rage was saying, “By means of my ear the enemy has bound up my eye.
  • مکرهای جبریانم بسته کرد ** تیغ چوبینشان تنم را خسته کرد
  • The tricks of the necessitarians have bound me (in captivity); their wooden sword has wounded my body.
  • زین سپس من نشنوم آن دمدمه ** بانگ دیوان است و غولان آن همه‌‌
  • After this I will not hearken to their palaver: all that is (only meant to deceive, like) the cry of demons and ghouls.
  • بردران ای دل تو ایشان را مه‌‌ایست ** پوستشان بر کن کشان جز پوست نیست‌‌ 1095
  • O my heart, tear them to pieces, do not lag; rend their skins, for they have naught but skin.”
  • پوست چه بود گفتهای رنگ رنگ ** چون زره بر آب کش نبود درنگ‌‌
  • What is skin? Specious words, like ripples on water which have no continuance.
  • این سخن چون پوست و معنی مغز دان ** این سخن چون نقش و معنی همچو جان‌‌
  • Know that these words are as the skin (rind), and the meaning is (as) the kernel; these words are as the form, and the meaning is like the spirit.
  • پوست باشد مغز بد را عیب پوش ** مغز نیکو را ز غیرت غیب پوش‌‌
  • The skin hides the defect of the bad kernel; it (also) hides jealously the secrets of the good kernel.
  • چون قلم از باد بد دفتر ز آب ** هر چه بنویسی فنا گردد شتاب‌‌
  • When the pen is of wind and the scroll of water, whatever you write perishes speedily;