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  • چون رهند از دست خود دستی زنند ** چون جهند از نقص خود رقصی کنند
  • When they are freed from the hand (dominion) of self, they clap a hand; when they escape from their own imperfection, they make a dance.
  • مطربانشان از درون دف می‌زنند ** بحرها در شورشان کف می‌زنند
  • From within them musicians strike the tambourine; at their ecstasy the seas burst into foam.
  • تو نبینی لیک بهر گوششان ** برگها بر شاخها هم کف‌زنان
  • You see it not, but for their ears the leaves too on the boughs are clapping hands.
  • تو نبینی برگها را کف زدن ** گوش دل باید نه این گوش بدن 100
  • You do not see the clapping of the leaves: one must have the spiritual ear, not this ear of the body.
  • گوش سر بر بند از هزل و دروغ ** تا ببینی شهر جان با فروغ
  • Close the ear of the head to jesting and lying, that you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
  • سر کشد گوش محمد در سخن ** کش بگوید در نبی حق هو اذن
  • The ear of Mohammed draws out the hidden meaning in the words (of the religious hypocrites), for God saith of him in the Qur’án, “He is an ear.”
  • سر به سر گوشست و چشم است این نبی ** تازه زو ما مرضعست او ما صبی
  • This Prophet is entirely ear and eye; we are refreshed by him: he is (as) the suckler and we (as) the (infant) boy.
  • این سخن پایان ندارد باز ران ** سوی اهل پیل و بر آغاز ران
  • This discourse hath no end. Go back to those who had to do with the elephant, and start at the beginning.
  • بقیه‌ی قصه‌ی متعرضان پیل‌بچگان
  • The remainder of the Story of those who molested the young elephants.
  • هر دهان را پیل بویی می‌کند ** گرد معده‌ی هر بشر بر می‌تند 105
  • “The elephant takes a sniff at every mouth and keeps poking round the belly of every man,
  • تا کجا یابد کباب پور خویش ** تا نماید انتقام و زور خویش
  • To see where she will find the roasted flesh of her young, so that she may manifest her vengeance and strength.”