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1525-1549

  • شرمم آمد که یکی تلخ از کفت ** من ننوشم ای تو صاحب معرفت‏ 1525
  • I was ashamed not to eat one bitter thing from thy hand, O thou who art possessed of knowledge.
  • چون همه اجزام از انعام تو ** رسته‏اند و غرق دانه و دام تو
  • Since all parts of me have grown from thy bounty and are plunged in thy bait and snare—
  • گر ز یک تلخی کنم فریاد و داد ** خاک صد ره بر سر اجزام باد
  • If I make outcry and complaint because of one bitter thing, may the dust of a hundred roads be on (all) parts of me!
  • لذت دست شکر بخشت بداشت ** اندر این بطیخ تلخی کی گذاشت‏
  • It (the melon) had the enjoyment of thy sugar-bestowing hand: how could it (such enjoyment) leave any bitterness in this melon?”
  • از محبت تلخها شیرین شود ** از محبت مسها زرین شود
  • By love bitter things become sweet; by love pieces of copper become golden;
  • از محبت دردها صافی شود ** از محبت دردها شافی شود 1530
  • By love dregs become clear; by love pains become healing;
  • از محبت مرده زنده می‏کنند ** از محبت شاه بنده می‏کنند
  • By love the dead is made living; by love the king is made a slave.
  • این محبت هم نتیجه‏ی دانش است ** کی گزافه بر چنین تختی نشست‏
  • This love, moreover, is the result of knowledge: who (ever) sat in foolishness on such a throne?
  • دانش ناقص کجا این عشق زاد ** عشق زاید ناقص اما بر جماد
  • On what occasion did deficient knowledge give birth to this love? Deficient (knowledge) gives birth to love, but (only love) for that which is (really) lifeless.
  • بر جمادی رنگ مطلوبی چو دید ** از صفیری بانگ محبوبی شنید
  • When it sees in a lifeless being the colour (appearance) of a desired one, (’tis as though) it heard the voice of a beloved in a whistle.
  • دانش ناقص نداند فرق را ** لاجرم خورشید داند برق را 1535
  • Deficient knowledge cannot discriminate: of necessity it deems the lightning to be the sun.
  • چون که ملعون خواند ناقص را رسول ** بود در تاویل نقصان عقول‏
  • When the Prophet called the “deficient” (man) accursed, (his meaning) as interpreted was “deficiency of mind,”
  • ز انکه ناقص تن بود مرحوم رحم ** نیست بر مرحوم لایق لعن و زخم‏
  • Because one whose body is deficient is the object of (Divine) mercy: cursing and repulse (directed) against the object of (Divine) mercy are improper.
  • نقص عقل است آن که بد رنجوری است ** موجب لعنت سزای دوری است‏
  • ’Tis deficiency of mind that is the bad disease: it is the cause of (God's) curse and merits banishment (from His presence),
  • ز انکه تکمیل خردها دور نیست ** لیک تکمیل بدن مقدور نیست‏
  • Forasmuch as the perfecting of minds is not remote (impossible), but the perfecting of the body is not within our power.
  • کفر و فرعونی هر گبر بعید ** جمله از نقصان عقل آمد پدید 1540
  • The miscreance and Pharaoh-like pride of every infidel who is far (from God) have all been produced by deficiency of mind.
  • بهر نقصان بدن آمد فرج ** در نبی که ما علی الاعمی حرج‏
  • Relief for bodily deficiency has come in the (words of the) Qur’án—it is no crime in the blind man.
  • برق آفل باشد و بس بی‏وفا ** آفل از باقی ندانی بی‏صفا
  • Lightning is transient and very faithless: without clearness (of mind) you will not know the transient from the permanent.
  • برق خندد بر که می‏خندد بگو ** بر کسی که دل نهد بر نور او
  • The lightning laughs: say, at whom is it laughing? At him that sets his heart upon its light.
  • نورهای چرخ ببریده پی است ** آن چو لا شرقی و لا غربی کی است‏
  • The lights of the sky are hamstrung (feeble and imperfect): how are they like (that Light which is) neither of the east nor of the west?
  • برق را چون یخطف الأبصار دان ** نور باقی را همه انصار دان‏ 1545
  • Deem the nature of lightning to be 'it taketh away the sight'; regard the everlasting Light as entirely Helpers (to the attainment of vision).
  • بر کف دریا فرس را راندن ** نامه‏ای در نور برقی خواندن‏
  • To ride (your) horse upon the foam of the sea, to read a letter in a flash of lightning,
  • از حریصی عاقبت نادیدن است ** بر دل و بر عقل خود خندیدن است‏
  • Is, to fail, because of covetousness, to see the end; it is, to laugh at your own mind and intellect.
  • عاقبت بین است عقل از خاصیت ** نفس باشد کاو نبیند عاقبت‏
  • Intellect, by its proper nature, is a seer of the end (consequence); ’tis the fleshly soul that does not see the end.
  • عقل کاو مغلوب نفس او نفس شد ** مشتری مات زحل شد نحس شد
  • The intellect that is vanquished by the flesh becomes the flesh: Jupiter is checkmated by Saturn and becomes inauspicious.