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  • بلک معنی آن بود جف القلم  ** نیست یکسان پیش من عدل و ستم 
  • Nay, the meaning is: ‘the Pen has dried (on this that) justice and injustice are not equal in My sight.
  • فرق بنهادم میان خیر و شر  ** فرق بنهادم ز بد هم از بتر 
  • I have laid down a distinction between good and evil; I have also laid down a distinction between the bad and the worse.’
  • ذره‌ای گر در تو افزونی ادب  ** باشد از یارت بداند فضل رب  3140
  • If there be in you a single mote of self-discipline in excess of (that of) your companion, the grace of God will know,
  • قدر آن ذره ترا افزون دهد  ** ذره چون کوهی قدم بیرون نهد 
  • And will bestow on you that mote's amount of superiority: the mote will step forth as (big as) a mountain (to meet you).
  • پادشاهی که به پیش تخت او  ** فرق نبود از امین و ظلم‌جو 
  • A king before whose throne there is no distinction between the faithful (friend) and the seeker of iniquity—
  • آنک می‌لرزد ز بیم رد او  ** وانک طعنه می‌زند در جد او 
  • Between him who trembles in fear of his (the king's) disapproval and him who intrigues against his fortune (empire)—
  • فرق نبود هر دو یک باشد برش  ** شاه نبود خاک تیره بر سرش 
  • (So that) there is no difference, but both of them are one to him: he is not a king, may dark earth be on his head!
  • ذره‌ای گر جهد تو افزون بود  ** در ترازوی خدا موزون بود  3145
  • If your (devotional) labour exceed (that of another) by a single mote, it (that mote) will be weighed in God's balance.
  • پیش این شاهان هماره جان کنی  ** بی‌خبر ایشان ز غدر و روشنی 
  • You continually work yourself to death in the service of these (worldly) kings, (yet) they are ignorant of (the difference between) treachery and honesty.
  • گفت غمازی که بد گوید ترا  ** ضایع آرد خدمتت را سالها 
  • The words of a tale-bearer who speaks ill of you will cause your service (rendered) during (many) years to be wasted;