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  • 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!
  • هر چه کردند از علاج و از دوا ** گشت رنج افزون و حاجت ناروا
  • The more cures and remedies they applied, the more did the illness increase, and the need was not fulfilled.
  • آن کنیزک از مرض چون موی شد ** چشم شه از اشک خون چون جوی شد
  • The sick girl became (thin) as a hair, (while) the eyes of the king flowed with tears of blood, like a river.
  • از قضا سرکنگبین صفرا فزود ** روغن بادام خشکی می‌‌نمود
  • By Divine destiny, oxymel increased the bile, and oil of almonds was producing dryness.
  • از هلیله قبض شد اطلاق رفت ** آب آتش را مدد شد همچو نفت‌‌
  • From (giving) myrobalan constipation resulted, relaxation ceased; and water fed the flames, like naphtha.
  • ظاهر شدن عجز حکیمان از معالجه‌‌ی کنیزک و روی آوردن پادشاه به درگاه خدا و در خواب دیدن او ولی را
  • How it became manifest that the physicians were unable to cure the handmaiden, and how the king turned his face towards God and dreamed of a holy man.
  • شه چو عجز آن حکیمان را بدید ** پا برهنه جانب مسجد دوید 55
  • When the king saw the powerlessness of those physicians, he ran bare-footed to the mosque.
  • رفت در مسجد سوی محراب شد ** سجده گاه از اشک شه پر آب شد
  • He entered the mosque and advanced to the mihráb (to pray): the prayer-carpet was bathed in the king's tears.
  • چون به خویش آمد ز غرقاب فنا ** خوش زبان بگشاد در مدح و ثنا
  • On coming to himself out of the flood of ecstasy (faná) he loosed his tongue in goodly praise and laud,
  • کای کمینه بخششت ملک جهان ** من چه گویم چون تو می‌‌دانی نهان‌‌
  • Saying, “O Thou whose least gift is the empire of the world, what shall I say, in as much as Thou knowest the hidden thing?
  • ای همیشه حاجت ما را پناه ** بار دیگر ما غلط کردیم راه‌‌
  • O Thou with whom we always take refuge in our need, once again we have missed the way.
  • لیک گفتی گر چه می‌‌دانم سرت ** زود هم پیدا کنش بر ظاهرت‌‌ 60
  • But Thou hast said, ‘Albeit I know thy secret, nevertheless declare it forthwith in thine outward act.’”
  • چون بر آورد از میان جان خروش ** اندر آمد بحر بخشایش به جوش‌‌
  • When from the depths of his soul he raised a cry (of supplication), the sea of Bounty began to surge.
  • در میان گریه خوابش در ربود ** دید در خواب او که پیری رو نمود
  • Slumber overtook him in the midst of weeping: he dreamed that an old man appeared
  • گفت ای شه مژده حاجاتت رواست ** گر غریبی آیدت فردا ز ماست‌‌
  • And said, “Good tidings, O king! Thy prayers are granted. If to-morrow a stranger come for thee, he is from me.
  • چون که آید او حکیمی حاذق است ** صادقش دان که امین و صادق است‌‌
  • When he comes, he is a skilled physician: deem him veracious, for he is trusty and true.
  • در علاجش سحر مطلق را ببین ** در مزاجش قدرت حق را ببین‌‌ 65
  • In his remedy behold absolute magic, in his temperament behold the might of God!”
  • چون رسید آن وعده‌‌گاه و روز شد ** آفتاب از شرق، اختر سوز شد
  • When the promised hour arrived and day broke and the sun, (rising) from the east, began to burn the stars,