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  • تا ترا مشغول آن مشکل کند ** وز نهاد زشت خود غافل کند
  • So that he may preoccupy you with that difficult question and make you oblivious of his own evil nature.
  • علامت عاقل تمام و نیم‌عاقل و مرد تمام و نیم‌مرد و علامت شقی مغرور لاشی
  • The marks of the wholly intelligent and the half-intelligent and the whole man and the half-man and the deluded worthless wretch doomed to perdition.
  • عاقل آن باشد که او با مشعله‌ست ** او دلیل و پیشوای قافله‌ست
  • The intelligent man is he who hath the lamp: he is the guide and leader of the caravan.
  • پیرو نور خودست آن پیش‌رو ** تابع خویشست آن بی‌خویش‌رو
  • That leader is one who goes after his own light: that selfless traveller is the follower of himself.
  • ممن خویشست و ایمان آورید ** هم بدان نوری که جانش زو چرید 2190
  • He is the one that puts faith in himself; and he also puts faith in the Light (Núr-i Mohammedí) by which his soul was fed.
  • دیگری که نیم‌عاقل آمد او ** عاقلی را دیده‌ی خود داند او
  • The other, who is the half-intelligent, deems an (entirely) intelligent person to be his eye,
  • دست در وی زد چو کور اندر دلیل ** تا بدو بینا شد و چست و جلیل
  • And has clutched him as the blind man clutches the guide, so that through him he has become seeing and active and illustrious.
  • وآن خری کز عقل جوسنگی نداشت ** خود نبودش عقل و عاقل را گذاشت
  • But (as for) the ass who had not a single barley-corn's weight of intelligence, who possessed no intelligence himself and forsook the intelligent (guide),
  • ره نداند نه کثیر و نه قلیل ** ننگش آید آمدن خلف دلیل
  • (Who) knows neither much nor little of the way (and yet) disdains to go behind the guide,
  • می‌رود اندر بیابان دراز ** گاه لنگان آیس و گاهی بتاز 2195
  • He is journeying in a long wilderness, now limping in despair and now (advancing) at a run.
  • شمع نه تا پیشوای خود کند ** نیم شمعی نه که نوری کد کند
  • He hath neither a candle, that he should make it his leader, nor half a candle, that he should beg a light.