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  • عشق جان طور آمد عاشقا ** طور مست و خر موسی صاعقا
  • Love inspired Mount Sinai, O lover, (so that) Sinai (was made) drunken and Moses fell in a swoon.
  • با لب دمساز خود گر جفتمی ** همچو نی من گفتنیها گفتمی‌‌
  • Were I joined to the lip of one in accord with me, I too, like the reed, would tell all that may be told;
  • هر که او از هم زبانی شد جدا ** بی‌‌زبان شد گر چه دارد صد نوا
  • (But) whoever is parted from one who speaks his language becomes dumb, though he have a hundred songs.
  • چون که گل رفت و گلستان در گذشت ** نشنوی ز ان پس ز بلبل سر گذشت‌‌
  • When the rose is gone and the garden faded, thou wilt hear no more the nightingale's story.
  • جمله معشوق است و عاشق پرده‌‌ای ** زنده معشوق است و عاشق مرده‌‌ای‌‌ 30
  • The Beloved is all and the lover (but) a veil; the Beloved is living and the lover a dead thing.
  • چون نباشد عشق را پروای او ** او چو مرغی ماند بی‌‌پر، وای او
  • When Love hath no care for him, he is left as a bird without wings. Alas for him then!
  • من چگونه هوش دارم پیش و پس ** چون نباشد نور یارم پیش و پس‌‌
  • How should I have consciousness (of aught) before or behind when the light of my Beloved is not before me and behind?
  • عشق خواهد کاین سخن بیرون بود ** آینه غماز نبود چون بود
  • Love wills that this Word should be shown forth: if the mirror does not reflect, how is that?
  • آینه‌‌ت دانی چرا غماز نیست ** ز انکه زنگار از رخش ممتاز نیست‌‌
  • Dost thou know why the mirror (of thy soul) reflects nothing? Because the rust is not cleared from its face.
  • عاشق شدن پادشاه بر کنیزک رنجور و تدبیر کردن در صحت او
  • How the king fell in love with the sick handmaiden and made plans to restore her health.
  • بشنوید ای دوستان این داستان ** خود حقیقت نقد حال ماست آن‌‌ 35
  • O my friends, hearken to this tale: in truth it is the very marrow of our inward state.
  • بود شاهی در زمانی پیش از این ** ملک دنیا بودش و هم ملک دین‌‌
  • In olden time there was a king to whom belonged the power temporal and also the power spiritual.
  • اتفاقا شاه روزی شد سوار ** با خواص خویش از بهر شکار
  • It chanced that one day he rode with his courtiers to the chase.
  • یک کنیزک دید شه بر شاه راه ** شد غلام آن کنیزک جان شاه‌‌
  • On the king's highway the king espied a handmaiden: the king was enthralled by her.
  • مرغ جانش در قفس چون می‌‌طپید ** داد مال و آن کنیزک را خرید
  • Forasmuch as the bird, his soul, was fluttering in its cage, he gave money and bought the handmaiden.
  • چون خرید او را و برخوردار شد ** آن کنیزک از قضا بیمار شد 40
  • After he had bought her and won to his desire, by Divine destiny she sickened.
  • آن یکی خر داشت، پالانش نبود ** یافت پالان گرگ خر را در ربود
  • A certain man had an ass but no pack-saddle: (as soon as) he got a saddle, the wolf carried away his ass.
  • کوزه بودش آب می‌‌نامد به دست ** آب را چون یافت خود کوزه شکست‌‌
  • He had a pitcher, but no water could be obtained: when he found water, the pitcher broke.
  • شه طبیبان جمع کرد از چپ و راست ** گفت جان هر دو در دست شماست‌‌
  • The king gathered the physicians together from left and right and said to them, “The life of us both is in your hands.
  • جان من سهل است جان جانم اوست ** دردمند و خسته‌‌ام درمانم اوست‌‌
  • My life is of no account, (but) she is the life of my life. I am in pain and wounded: she is my remedy.
  • هر که درمان کرد مر جان مرا ** برد گنج و در و مرجان مرا 45
  • Whoever heals her that is my life will bear away with him my treasure and pearls, large and small.”
  • جمله گفتندش که جان‌‌بازی کنیم ** فهم گرد آریم و انبازی کنیم‌‌
  • They all answered him, saying, “We will hazard our lives and summon all our intelligence and put it into the common stock.
  • هر یکی از ما مسیح عالمی است ** هر الم را در کف ما مرهمی است‌‌
  • Each one of us is a learned Messiah: in our hands is a medicine for every pain.”
  • گر خدا خواهد نگفتند از بطر ** پس خدا بنمودشان عجز بشر
  • In their arrogance they did not say, “If God will”; therefore God showed unto them the weakness of Man.
  • ترک استثنا مرادم قسوتی است ** نی همین گفتن که عارض حالتی است‌‌
  • I mean (a case in which) omission of the saving clause is (due to) a hardness of heart; not the mere saying of these words, for that is a superficial circumstance.
  • ای بسا ناورده استثنا به گفت ** جان او با جان استثناست جفت‌‌ 50
  • How many a one has not pronounced the saving clause, and yet his soul is in harmony with the soul of it!