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  • تا در این ظلمت تحری گسترند ** هر کسی رو جانبی می‌‌آورند 3630
  • In order that in this darkness they may spread (the carpet of) endeavour, they are turning, every one, their faces in some direction.
  • مدتی معکوس باشد کارها ** شحنه را دزد آورد بر دارها
  • For awhile things are reversed: the thief brings the magistrate to the gallows,
  • تا که بس سلطان و عالی همتی ** بنده‌‌ی بنده‌‌ی خود آید مدتی‌‌
  • So that many a sultan and man of lofty spirit becomes the slave of his own slave for awhile.
  • بندگی در غیب آید خوب و گش ** حفظ غیب آید در استعباد خوش‌‌
  • Service (performed) in absence (through faith in the unseen) is fair and comely; when service is demanded (by God from us), ‘tis pleasing (to Him) that the absent should be remembered (that we should remember to perform what is due to Him, though He is unseen).
  • کو که مدح شاه گوید پیش او ** تا که در غیبت بود او شرم رو
  • Where (in what position) is one that praises the king in his presence, compared with one that is shamefaced in absence (from him)?
  • قلعه داری کز کنار مملکت ** دور از سلطان و سایه‌‌ی سلطنت‌‌ 3635
  • The governor of a fortress who, on the border of the kingdom, far from the sultan and the shadow (protection) of the sultanate,
  • پاس دارد قلعه را از دشمنان ** قلعه نفروشد به مال بی‌‌کران‌‌
  • Guards the fortress from enemies and will not sell it for boundless riches,
  • غایب از شه در کنار ثغرها ** همچو حاضر او نگه دارد وفا
  • Who, though absent from the king on the outskirt of the frontiers, keeps faith (with him) like one who is present—
  • پیش شه او به بود از دیگران ** که به خدمت حاضرند و جان فشان‌‌
  • He in the king's sight is better than the rest who are serving in his presence and ready to devote their lives.
  • پس به غیبت نیم ذره‌‌ی حفظ کار ** به که اندر حاضری ز آن صد هزار
  • Therefore half an atom of regard to one's duty in absence is better than a hundred thousand fold observance thereof in presence.