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  • زین عذاب جوع باری وا رهم  ** گر حیات اینست من مرده بهم 
  • At any rate I shall be delivered from this torment of hunger: if this is life, I am better dead.”
  • گر خر اول توبه و سوگند خورد  ** عاقبت هم از خری خبطی بکرد 
  • If at first the ass repented and swore (to keep his vow), in the end, because of his asininity, he made a (great) lapse.
  • حرص کور و احمق و نادان کند  ** مرگ را بر احمقان آسان کند 
  • Greed makes one blind and foolish and ignorant: to fools it makes death (seem) easy;
  • نیست آسان مرگ بر جان خران  ** که ندارند آب جان جاودان 
  • (But) death is not (really) easy to the souls of asses who do not possess the splendour of the everlasting soul.
  • چون ندارد جان جاوید او شقیست  ** جرات او بر اجل از احمقیست  2825
  • Since he (the ass) does not possess the everlasting soul, he is damned: his boldness in (facing) death is the result of folly.
  • جهد کن تا جان مخلد گردد  ** تا به روز مرگ برگی باشدت 
  • Endeavour that your soul may become immortal, so that on the day of death you will have a (goodly) store.
  • اعتمادش نیز بر رازق نبود  ** که بر افشاند برو از غیب جود 
  • Again, he (the ass) had no confidence in the Provider (to assure him) that He would scatter over him largesse from the Unseen.
  • تاکنونش فضل بی‌روزی نداشت  ** گرچه گه‌گه بر تنش جوعی گماشت 
  • Until now, the (Divine) Bounty had not kept him without the daily provision, though at times He subjected his body to a (severe) hunger.
  • گر نباشد جوع صد رنج دگر  ** از پی هیضه بر آرد از تو سر 
  • Were hunger absent, in consequence of indigestion a hundred other afflictions would raise their heads in you.
  • رنج جوع اولی بود خود زان علل  ** هم به لطف و هم به خفت هم عمل  2830
  • Truly the affliction of hunger is better than those maladies in respect both of its subtilty and its lightness and (its effect on devotional) work.