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  • نقش باشد پیش نقاش و قلم ** عاجز و بسته چو کودک در شکم‌‌
  • Before the painter and the brush the picture is helpless and bound like a child in the womb.
  • پیش قدرت خلق جمله بارگه ** عاجزان چون پیش سوزن کارگه‌‌
  • Before Omnipotence all the people of the (Divine) court of audience (the world) are as helpless as the (embroiderer's) fabric before the needle.
  • گاه نقشش دیو و گه آدم کند ** گاه نقشش شادی و گه غم کند
  • Now He makes the picture thereon (one of) the Devil, now (of) Adam; now He makes the picture thereon (one of) joy, now (one of) grief.
  • دست نه تا دست جنباند به دفع ** نطق نه تا دم زند در ضر و نفع‌‌
  • There is no power (to any one) that he should move a hand in defence; no (right of) speech, that he should utter a word concerning injury or benefit.
  • تو ز قرآن باز خوان تفسیر بیت ** گفت ایزد ما رميت إذ رمیت‌‌ 615
  • Recite from the Qur’án the interpretation of (i.e. a text which interprets) the (preceding) verse: God said, Thou didst not throw when thou threwest.
  • گر بپرانیم تیر آن نه ز ماست ** ما کمان و تیر اندازش خداست‌‌
  • If we let fly an arrow, that (action) is not from us: we are (only) the bow, and the shooter of the arrow is God.
  • این نه جبر این معنی جباری است ** ذکر جباری برای زاری است‌‌
  • This is not jabr (compulsion); it is the meaning of jabbárí (almightiness): the mention of almightiness is for the sake of (inspiring us with) humility.
  • زاری ما شد دلیل اضطرار ** خجلت ما شد دلیل اختیار
  • Our humility is evidence of necessity, (but) our sense of guilt is evidence of free-will.
  • گر نبودی اختیار این شرم چیست ** وین دریغ و خجلت و آزرم چیست‌‌
  • If there were not free-will, what is this shame? And what is this sorrow and guilty confusion and abashment?
  • زجر استادان و شاگردان چراست ** خاطر از تدبیرها گردان چراست‌‌ 620
  • Why is there chiding between pupils and masters? Why is the mind changing (so as to depart) from plans (already formed)?