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  • آن غلامک را چو دید اهل ذکا ** آن دگر را کرد اشارت که بیا
  • When he saw that that laddie was possessed of keen intelligence, he made a sign to the other to come (to him).
  • کاف رحمت گفتمش تصغیر نیست ** جد چو گوید طفلکم تحقیر نیست‏ 865
  • (If) I have called him by (a word which has) the suffix of pity (tenderness), ’tis not to belittle him: if a grandfather say “my sonny,” it is not (in) contempt.
  • چون بیامد آن دوم در پیش شاه ** بود او گنده دهان دندان سیاه‏
  • When the second (slave) came before the King, he had a stinking mouth and black teeth.
  • گر چه شه ناخوش شد از گفتار او ** جستجویی کرد هم ز اسرار او
  • Although the King was displeased by his speech, still he made some inquiry concerning his hidden thoughts.
  • گفت با این شکل و این گند دهان ** دور بنشین لیک آن سو تر مران‏
  • He said, “With this aspect and this foul smell of the mouth, sit at a distance, but do not move too far off—
  • که تو اهل نامه و رقعه بدی ** نه جلیس و یار و هم بقعه بدی‏
  • For (hitherto) you have been (with regard to me in the position of) a writer of letters and notes; you have not been a companion and friend and comrade—
  • تا علاج آن دهان تو کنیم ** تو حبیب و ما طبیب پر فنیم‏ 870
  • That we may treat (and cure) that mouth of yours: you are (now) the beloved (patient), and we are the skilful physician.
  • بهر کیکی نو گلیمی سوختن ** نیست لایق از تو دیده دوختن‏
  • ’Tis not fitting to burn a new blanket on account of one flea; (nor would it become me) to shut my eyes to (turn my back on) you (because of superficial faults).
  • با همه بنشین دو سه دستان بگو ** تا ببینم صورت عقلت نکو
  • Notwithstanding all (this), sit down and talk on a few topics, that I may well see the form of your mind.”
  • آن ذکی را پس فرستاد او به کار ** سوی حمامی که رو خود را بخار
  • Then he sent that keen-witted one away to do (his behest): (he sent him) to a bathhouse, saying, “Go, scrub yourself.”