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  • اژدها گشته ست آن مار سیاه ** آن که کرمی بود افتاده به راه‏ 2285
  • The black serpent that was (as) a worm fallen on the road has become a dragon;
  • اژدها و مار اندر دست تو ** شد عصا ای جان موسی مست تو
  • (But) in thy hand, O thou with (love for) whom the soul of Moses is intoxicated, the dragon or serpent became (as) the rod (in the hand of Moses).
  • حکم خذها لا تخف دادت خدا ** تا به دستت اژدها گردد عصا
  • God gave thee command, saying, “Take it; fear not, so that the dragon may become a rod in thy hand.”
  • هین ید بیضا نما ای پادشاه ** صبح نو بگشا ز شبهای سیاه‏
  • Hark, show the white hand, O King: out of the black nights reveal a new dawn!
  • دوزخی افروخت در وی دم فسون ** ای دم تو از دم دریا فزون‏
  • A hell hath blazed forth; breathe (thy) enchantment over it, O thou whose breath is more (excellent) than the breath of the sea.
  • بحر مکار است بنموده کفی ** دوزخ است از مکر بنموده تفی‏ 2290
  • She (the fleshly soul) is the guileful sea that shows (but) a (little) foam; she is the hell that from guile shows (but) a (little) heat.
  • ز آن نماید مختصر در چشم تو ** تا زبون بینیش جنبد خشم تو
  • She appears exiguous in your eyes, to the end that you may regard her as feeble and that your wrath may be stirred (against her);
  • همچنان که لشکر انبوه بود ** مر پیمبر را به چشم اندک نمود
  • Even as there was a dense host (of infidels), (but) to the Prophet’s eye it seemed small,
  • تا بر ایشان زد پیمبر بی‏خطر ** ور فزون دیدی از آن کردی حذر
  • So that the Prophet set upon them without (fear of) the danger; but if he had deemed (them) more (in number), he would have acted cautiously in that (affair).
  • آن عنایت بود و اهل آن بدی ** احمدا ور نه تو بد دل می‏شدی‏
  • That was the Divine favour, and thou wert worthy of it, O Ahmad (Mohammed); else, thou wouldst have become faint-hearted.
  • کم نمود او را و اصحاب و را ** آن جهاد ظاهر وباطن خدا 2295
  • God caused the outward and inward warfare to seem little to him and his Companions,
  • تا میسر کرد یسری را بر او ** تا ز عسری او بگردانید رو
  • In order that He might make it easy for him to gain ease (success), and that he might turn away his face from difficulty (unsuccess).
  • کم نمودن مر و را پیروز بود ** که حقش یار و طریق آموز بود
  • For him, (God’s) causing (the warfare) to seem little was victory, since God was his friend and taught him the way.
  • آن که حق پشتش نباشد از ظفر ** وای اگر گربش نماید شیر نر
  • (But) he that hath not God for his victorious support, alas if the fierce lion seem to him a cat.
  • وای اگر صدرا یکی بیند ز دور ** تا به چالش اندر آید از غرور
  • Alas if from afar he see a hundred as one, so that in vain confidence he enters on the fray.
  • ز آن نماید ذو الفقاری حربه‏ای ** ز آن نماید شیر نر چون گربه‏ای‏ 2300
  • He (God) causes a Prophet’s sword to seem a dart and makes the fierce lion appear as a cat,
  • تا دلیر اندر فتد احمق به جنگ ** و اندر آردشان بدین حیلت به چنگ‏
  • To the end that the fool may fall boldly to fighting, and that He may catch them by this device;
  • تا به پای خویش باشند آمده ** آن فلیوان جانب آتش‏کده‏
  • (And besides He is acting thus), in order that those dolts may have come towards the fire-temple by means of their own feet (by their own free will).
  • کاه برگی می‏نماید تا تو زود ** پف کنی کاو را برانی از وجود
  • He is showing (what seems to you) a blade of straw, in order that you may quickly give a puff so as to make it vanish out of existence.
  • هین که آن که کوهها بر کنده است ** زو جهان گریان و او در خنده است‏
  • Beware! for that straw has uprooted mountains: through it the world is weeping, while it (the straw) is in laughter.
  • می‏نماید تا به کعب این آب جو ** صد چو عاج ابن عنق شد غرق او 2305
  • He makes this river-water seem (only) up to the ankle, (but) a hundred such as Áj son of ‘Anaq have been drowned therein.
  • می‏نماید موج خونش تل مشک ** می‏نماید قعر دریا خاک خشک‏
  • He makes the wave of blood seem to him a mound of musk: He makes the bottom of the sea seem dry land.
  • خشک دید آن بحر را فرعون کور ** تا در او راند از سر مردی و زور
  • Blind Pharaoh deemed that sea dry, so that in (the pride of his) manhood and strength he drave into it.
  • چون در آید در تگ دریا بود ** دیده‏ی فرعون کی بینا بود
  • When he enters (it), he is at the bottom of the sea: how should the eye of Pharaoh be seeing?
  • دیده بینا از لقای حق شود ** حق کجا هم راز هر احمق شود
  • The eye is made seeing by meeting with God: how should God become the confidant of every fool?