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  • تا به نزدیک تو آید آن غوی  ** تا باندک حمله‌ای غالب شوی 
  • In order that that misguided (creature) might come near thee and that thou might’st vanquish him with a small attack?
  • مکر شیطانست تعجیل و شتاب  ** لطف رحمانست صبر و احتساب  2570
  • Precipitation and haste is the Devil's wile; patience and calculation is God's grace.
  • دور بود و حمله را دید و گریخت  ** ضعف تو ظاهر شد و آب تو ریخت 
  • He (the ass) was far off and saw the attack and fled: thy weakness is made manifest and thy prestige is destroyed.”
  • گفت من پنداشتم بر جاست زور  ** تا بدین حد می‌ندانستم فتور 
  • He (the lion) replied, “I thought my strength was restored: I did not know my feebleness was so great.
  • نیز جوع و حاجتم از حد گذشت  ** صبر و عقلم از تجوع یاوه گشت 
  • Moreover, my hunger and need had passed beyond bounds: through starvation my patience and understanding had been lost.
  • گر توانی بار دیگر از خرد  ** باز آوردن مر او را مسترد 
  • If by (using) your wits you can reclaim him and bring him back once more,
  • منت بسیار دارم از تو من  ** جهد کن باشد بیاری‌اش به فن  2575
  • I shall be much obliged to you: try hard, maybe you will fetch him by cunning.”
  • گفت آری گر خدا یاری دهد  ** بر دل او از عمی مهری نهد 
  • “Yes,” said the fox, “if God should give (me) help and set a seal of blindness on his heart
  • پس فراموشش شود هولی که دید  ** از خری او نباشد این بعید 
  • (For) then he will forget the terror which he felt on seeing (thee): this will not be alien to his asininity.
  • لیک چون آرم من او را بر متاز  ** تا ببادش ندهی از تعجیل باز 
  • But when I bring him, do not thou rush (at him), lest thou lose him again by overhaste.”