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  • بر لب جو بخل آب آن را بود ** کاو ز جوی آب نابینا بود
  • On the river-bank, water is grudged by him (alone) that is blind to the stream of water.
  • گفت پیغمبر که هر که از یقین ** داند او پاداش خود در یوم دین‏ 895
  • The Prophet said, “Whosoever knows for sure his recompense on the day of Resurrection—
  • که یکی را ده عوض می‏آیدش ** هر زمان جودی دگرگون زایدش‏
  • That his compensation will be ten for one—at every moment a different (act of) munificence will issue from him.”
  • جود جمله از عوضها دیدن است ** پس عوض دیدن ضد ترسیدن است‏
  • All munificence is from seeing compensations; therefore seeing the compensation is opposed to fearing (and shrinking from the act of munificence).
  • بخل نادیدن بود اعواض را ** شاد دارد دید در خواض را
  • Miserliness consists in not seeing compensations: the prospect of pearls keeps the divers glad.
  • پس به عالم هیچ کس نبود بخیل ** ز انکه کس چیزی نبازد بی‏بدیل‏
  • Hence no one in the world is miserly, since no one hazards anything without (seeing) what is to be received in exchange.
  • پس سخا از چشم آمد نه ز دست ** دید دارد کار جز بینا نرست‏ 900
  • Generosity, then, comes from the eye, not from the hand: ’tis seeing that matters; none but the seer is saved.
  • عیب دیگر این که خود بین نیست او ** هست او در هستی خود عیب جو
  • “Another fault (of his is) that he is not self-conceited; he is anxious to find fault with his self-existence.
  • عیب گوی و عیب جوی خود بده ست ** با همه نیکو و با خود بد بده ست‏
  • He has (always) been one who speaks in blame of himself and seeks to blame himself; he has (always) been good (kind) to all and bad (unkind) to himself.”
  • گفت شه جلدی مکن در مدح یار ** مدح خود در ضمن مدح او میار
  • The King said, “Do not show (such) eagerness in praising your friend, do not introduce praise of yourself in the mask of (your) praise of him;