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  • هان بگو لاحولها اندر زمان ** از زبان تنها نه بلک از عین جان‏
  • Beware! say at once “God help me!” again and again, not with tongue alone but from your very soul.
  • تتمه‏ی قصه‏ی مفلس
  • BASLIK YOK
  • گفت قاضی مفلسی را وانما ** گفت اینک اهل زندانت گوا
  • The Cadi said, “Show plainly that you are insolvent.” “Here are the prisoners,” he replied, “as thy witnesses.”
  • گفت ایشان متهم باشند چون ** می‏گریزند از تو می‏گریند خون‏
  • “They,” said the Cadi, “are suspect, because they are fleeing from you and weeping blood (on account of your ill-treatment of them);
  • از تو می‏خواهند هم تا وارهند ** زین غرض باطل گواهی می‏دهند 645
  • Also, they are suing to be delivered from you: by reason of this self-interest the testimony they give is worthless.”
  • جمله اهل محکمه گفتند ما ** هم بر ادبار و بر افلاسش گوا
  • All the people belonging to the court of justice said, “We bear witness both to his (moral) degeneracy and his insolvency.”
  • هر که را پرسید قاضی حال او ** گفت مولا دست ازین مفلس بشو
  • Every one whom the Cadi questioned about his condition said, “My lord, wash thy hands of this insolvent.”
  • گفت قاضی کش بگردانید فاش ** گرد شهر این مفلس است و بس قلاش‏
  • The Cadi said, “March him round the city for all to see, (and cry), ‘This man is an insolvent and a great rogue.’
  • کو به کو او را مناداها زنید ** طبل افلاسش عیان هر جا زنید
  • Make proclamations concerning him, street by street; beat the drum (as an advertisement) of his insolvency everywhere in open view.
  • هیچ کس نسیه بنفروشد بدو ** قرض ندهد هیچ کس او را تسو 650
  • Let no one sell to him on credit, let no one lend him a farthing.
  • هر که دعوی آردش اینجا به فن ** بیش زندانش نخواهم کرد من‏
  • Whosoever may bring here a claim against him for fraud, I will not put him in prison any more.
  • پیش من افلاس او ثابت شده است ** نقد و کالا نیستش چیزی به دست‏
  • His insolvency has been proven to me: he has nothing in his possession, (neither) money nor goods.”
  • آدمی در حبس دنیا ز آن بود ** تا بود کافلاس او ثابت شود
  • Man is in the prison of this world in order that peradventure his insolvency may be proven.
  • مفلسی دیو را یزدان ما ** هم منادی کرد در قرآن ما
  • Our God has also proclaimed in our Qur’án the insolvency of the Devil,
  • کاو دغا و مفلس است و بد سخن ** هیچ با او شرکت و سودا مکن‏ 655
  • Saying, “He is a swindler and insolvent and liar: do not make any partnership or do any trade with him.”
  • ور کنی او را بهانه آوری ** مفلس است او صرفه از وی کی بری‏
  • And if you do so (and) bring (vain) pretexts to him, he is insolvent: how will you get profit from him?
  • حاضر آوردند چون فتنه فروخت ** اشتر کردی که هیزم می‏فروخت‏
  • When the trouble started, they brought on the scene the camel of a Kurd who sold firewood.
  • کرد بی‏چاره بسی فریاد کرد ** هم موکل را به دانگی شاد کرد
  • The helpless Kurd made a great outcry; he also gladdened the officer (appointed to seize the camel) with (the gift of) a dáng;
  • اشترش بردند از هنگام چاشت ** تا شب و افغان او سودی نداشت‏
  • (But) they took away his camel from the time of forenoon until nightfall, and his lamentation was of no use.
  • بر شتر بنشست آن قحط گران ** صاحب اشتر پی اشتر دوان‏ 660
  • Upon the camel sat that sore famine (the insolvent), while the owner of the camel was running at its heels.
  • سو به سو و کو به کو می‏تاختند ** تا همه شهرش عیان بشناختند
  • They sped from quarter to quarter and from street to street, till the whole town knew him by sight.
  • پیش هر حمام و هر بازارگاه ** کرده مردم جمله در شکلش نگاه‏
  • Before every bath and market-place all the people gazed on his (features and) figure.
  • ده منادی گر بلند آوازیان ** کرد و ترک و رومیان و تازیان‏
  • (There were) ten loud-voiced criers, Turks and Kurds and Anatolians and Arabs, (proclaiming),
  • مفلس است این و ندارد هیچ چیز ** قرض تا ندهد کس او را یک پشیز
  • “This man is insolvent and has nothing: let no one lend him a single brass farthing;
  • ظاهر و باطن ندارد حبه‏ای ** مفلسی قلبی دغایی دبه‏ای‏ 665
  • He does not possess a single mite, patent or latent: he is a bankrupt, a piece of falsehood, a cunning knave, an oil-bag.
  • هان و هان با او حریفی کم کنید ** چون که کاو آرد گره محکم کنید
  • Beware and beware! Have no dealings with him; when he brings the ox (to sell), make fast the knot.