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  • خار در دل گر بدیدی هر خسی ** دست کی بودی غمان را بر کسی‌‌
  • If every base fellow had seen the thorn in the heart, when would sorrows gain the upper hand over any one?
  • کس به زیر دم خر خاری نهد ** خر نداند دفع آن بر می‌‌جهد
  • Somebody sticks a thorn under a donkey's tail: the donkey does not know how to get rid of it: he starts jumping.
  • بر جهد و ان خار محکمتر زند ** عاقلی باید که خاری بر کند 155
  • He jumps, and the thorn strikes more firmly (pierces deeper): it needs an intelligent person to extract a thorn.
  • خر ز بهر دفع خار از سوز و درد ** جفته می‌‌انداخت صد جا زخم کرد
  • In order to get rid of the thorn, the donkey from irritation and pain went on kicking and dealing blows in a hundred places,
  • آن حکیم خارچین استاد بود ** دست می‌‌زد جا به جا می‌‌آزمود
  • (But) that thorn-removing physician was an expert: putting his hand on one spot after another, he tested (it).
  • ز ان کنیزک بر طریق داستان ** باز می‌‌پرسید حال دوستان‌‌
  • He inquired of the girl concerning her friends, by way of narrative,
  • با حکیم او قصه‌‌ها می‌‌گفت فاش ** از مقام و خاجگان و شهر تاش‌‌
  • And she disclosed to the physician (many) circumstances touching her home and (former) masters and town and dwelling.
  • سوی قصه گفتنش می‌‌داشت گوش ** سوی نبض و جستنش می‌‌داشت هوش‌‌ 160
  • He listened to her story (while) he continued to observe her pulse and its beating,
  • تا که نبض از نام کی گردد جهان ** او بود مقصود جانش در جهان‌‌ا ن‌‌
  • So that at whosoever's name her pulse should begin to throb, (he might know that) that person is the object of her soul's desire in the world.
  • دوستان شهر او را بر شمرد ** بعد از آن شهری دگر را نام برد
  • He reckoned up the friends and town; then he mentioned another town by name.