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  • شرح این فرض است گفتن لیک من ** باز می‌‌گردم به قصه‌‌ی مرد و زن‌‌ 2615
  • ’Tis my duty to explain this, but (now) I will return to the story of the man and wife.
  • مخلص ماجرای عرب و جفت او
  • The moral of the altercation of the Arab and his wife.
  • ماجرای مرد و زن را مخلصی ** باز می‌‌جوید درون مخلصی‌‌
  • The heart of one who is sincere is seeking (to find) a moral for the altercation of the man and wife.
  • ماجرای مرد و زن افتاد نقل ** آن مثال نفس خود می‌‌دان و عقل‌‌
  • The altercation of the man and wife has been related (as a story): know that it is a parable of your own flesh (nafs) and reason.
  • این زن و مردی که نفس است و خرد ** نیک بایسته ست بهر نیک و بد
  • This man and wife, which are the flesh and the reason, are very necessary for (the manifestation of) good and evil;
  • وین دو بایسته در این خاکی سرا ** روز و شب در جنگ و اندر ماجرا
  • And this necessary pair in this house of earth are (engaged) in strife and altercation day and night.
  • زن همی‌‌خواهد هویج خانگاه ** یعنی آب رو و نان و خوان و جاه‌‌ 2620
  • The wife is craving requisites for the household, that is to say, reputation and bread and viands and rank.
  • نفس همچون زن پی چاره‌‌گری ** گاه خاکی گاه جوید سروری‌‌
  • Like the wife, the flesh, in order to contrive the means (of gratifying its desires), is at one time seeking (having recourse to) humility and at another time to domination.
  • عقل خود زین فکرها آگاه نیست ** در دماغش جز غم الله نیست‌‌
  • The reason is really unconscious of these (worldly) thoughts: in its brain is nothing but love of God.
  • گر چه سر قصه این دانه ست و دام ** صورت قصه شنو اکنون تمام‌‌
  • Although the inner meaning of the tale is this bait and trap, listen now to the outward form of the tale in its entirety.
  • گر بیان معنوی کافی شدی ** خلق عالم عاطل و باطل بدی‌‌
  • If the spiritual explanation were sufficient, the creation of the world would have been vain and idle.