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  • کان منافق در اگر گفتن بمرد ** وز اگر گفتن بجز حسرت نبرد
  • For the hypocrite died in saying “if,” and from saying “if” he won nothing but remorse.
  • مثل
  • Parable.
  • آن غریبی خانه می‏جست از شتاب ** دوستی بردش سوی خانه‏ی خراب‏
  • A certain stranger was hastily seeking a house: a friend took him to a house in ruins.
  • گفت او این را اگر سقفی بدی ** پهلوی من مر ترا مسکن شدی‏ 740
  • He said (to the stranger), “If this (house) had a roof, it would be a home for you beside me.
  • هم عیال تو بیاسودی اگر ** در میانه داشتی حجره‏ی دگر
  • Your family too would be comfortable, if it had another room in it.”
  • گفت آری پهلوی یاران خوش است ** لیک ای جان در اگر نتوان نشست‏
  • “Yes,” said he, “it is nice (to be) beside friends, but my dear soul, one cannot lodge in ‘if’.”
  • این همه عالم طلب‏کار خوشند ** وز خوش تزویر اندر آتشند
  • All the world are seekers of happiness, and on account of a false happiness they are in the fire.
  • طالب زر گشته جمله پیر و خام ** لیک قلب از زر نداند چشم عام‏
  • Old and young have become gold-seekers, but the common eye does not distinguish alloy from gold.
  • پرتوی بر قلب زد خالص ببین ** بی‏محک زر را مکن از ظن گزین‏ 745
  • The pure (gold) shot a beam on the alloy: see that you choose not the gold on the ground of (mere) opinion, without a touchstone.
  • گر محک داری گزین کن ور نه رو ** نزد دانا خویشتن را کن گرو
  • If you have a touchstone, choose; otherwise, go, devote yourself to him that knows (the difference).
  • یا محک باید میان جان خویش ** ور ندانی ره مرو تنها تو پیش‏
  • Either you must have a touchstone within your own soul, or if you know not the Way, do not go forward alone.