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  • وانگهان گفته خدا که ننگرم ** من به ظاهر من به باطن ناظرم
  • And moreover God hath said, “I do not look to the exterior, I am regarding the interior.”
  • حکایت آن مداح کی از جهت ناموس شکر ممدوح می‌کرد و بوی اندوه و غم اندرون او و خلاقت دلق ظاهر او می‌نمود کی آن شکرها لافست و دروغ
  • Story of the encomiast who from regard for reputation was thanking the object of his praise, while the scent (signs) of his inward grief and pain and the shabbiness of his outward garb showed that those expressions of gratitude were vain and false.
  • آن یکی با دلق آمد از عراق ** باز پرسیدند یاران از فراق
  • A certain man came (home) from ‘Iráq, (clad) in a tattered cloak: his friends inquired concerning (his) separation (from them).
  • گفت آری بد فراق الا سفر ** بود بر من بس مبارک مژده‌ور 1740
  • “Yes,” he replied; “there was (the sorrow of) separation, but the journey was very blessed and fortunate for me,
  • که خلیفه داد ده خلعت مرا ** که قرینش باد صد مدح و ثنا
  • For the Caliph gave me ten robes of honour—may a hundred praises and laudations (ever) accompany him!”
  • شکرها و حمدها بر می‌شمرد ** تا که شکر از حد و اندازه ببرد
  • He was reciting expressions of gratitude and praise till he carried gratitude beyond bound and limit.
  • پس بگفتندش که احوال نژند ** بر دروغ تو گواهی می‌دهند
  • Then they said to him, “Thy wretched guise bears witness to thy mendacity.
  • تن برهنه سر برهنه سوخته ** شکر را دزدیده یا آموخته
  • (Thou art) naked, bare-headed, consumed (with afflictions): thou hast stolen (these) expressions of gratitude or learned (them by rote).
  • کو نشان شکر و حمد میر تو ** بر سر و بر پای بی توفیر تو 1745
  • Where are the signs of the gratitude and praise due to thy prince on thy unplenished head and feet?
  • گر زبانت مدح آن شه می‌تند ** هفت اندامت شکایت می‌کند
  • If thy tongue is weaving (making up) praise of that king, (yet) thy seven members are complaining (of him).
  • در سخای آن شه و سلطان جود ** مر ترا کفشی و شلواری نبود
  • In the generosity of that king and sultan of munificence was there not (room for) a pair of shoes and trousers for thee?”