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1576-1600

  • زن توقف کرد مردش بانگ زد ** کای عدو زوتر ترا این می‌سزد
  • The wife lingered; the man shouted at her, saying, “O hateful one, (be) quicker! This (behaviour) is worthy of you.”
  • در جامه‌ی خواب افتادن استاد و نالیدن او از وهم رنجوری
  • How the master went to bed and moaned, imagining himself to be ill.
  • جامه خواب آورد و گسترد آن عجوز ** گفت امکان نه و باطن پر ز سوز
  • The old woman brought the bed-clothes and spread them. There was no possibility (of speaking), and her heart was filled with burning (grief).
  • گر بگویم متهم دارد مرا ** ور نگویم جد شود این ماجرا
  • "If I speak, he will hold me suspect; and if I say nothing, this affair will become serious.”
  • فال بد رنجور گرداند همی ** آدمی را که نبودستش غمی
  • A man who has not suffered any pain is made ill by a bad omen.
  • قول پیغامبر قبوله یفرض ** ان تمارضتم لدینا تمرضوا 1580
  • It is obligatory to accept the saying of the Prophet, “If ye pretend to be sick beside me, ye will become (actually) sick.”
  • گر بگویم او خیالی بر زند ** فعل دارد زن که خلوت می‌کند
  • “If I tell him (that he is not ill), he will cast up (conceive) a vain fancy (and will think to himself), ‘My wife has an (evil) design, for she is making arrangements to be alone.
  • مر مرا از خانه بیرون می‌کند ** بهر فسقی فعل و افسون می‌کند
  • She is getting me out of the house, she is plotting and cajoling for the purpose of some wickedness.’”
  • جامه خوابش کرد و استاد اوفتاد ** آه آه و ناله از وی می‌بزاد
  • She prepared his bed, and the master fell down (upon it): sighs and moans were arising from him.
  • کودکان آنجا نشستند و نهان ** درس می‌خواندند با صد اندهان
  • The boys sat there, reciting their lesson with a hundred sorrows in secret,
  • کین همه کردیم و ما زندانییم ** بد بنایی بود ما بد بانییم 1585
  • Thinking, “We have done all this and (still) we are prisoners: it was a bad building (a badly devised plan), and we are bad builders.”
  • دوم بار وهم افکندن کودکان استاد را کی او را از قرآن خواندن ما درد سر افزاید
  • How for the second time the boys made the master imagine (that he was ill), saying that their recitation of the Qur’án would increase his headache.
  • گفت آن زیرک که ای قوم پسند ** درس خوانید و کنید آوا بلند
  • The clever boy said, “O good fellows, recite the lesson and make your voices loud.”
  • چون همی‌خواندند گفت ای کودکان ** بانگ ما استاد را دارد زیان
  • When they were reciting (loudly), he said, “Boys, the noise we are making will do the master harm.
  • درد سر افزاید استا را ز بانگ ** ارزد این کو درد یابد بهر دانگ
  • The master's headache will be increased by the noise: is it worth while that he should suffer pain for the sake of (a few) pence?”
  • گفت استا راست می‌گوید روید ** درد سر افزون شدم بیرون شوید
  • The master said, “He is speaking the truth: depart. My headache is worse: go out (of the house)!”
  • خلاص یافتن کودکان از مکتب بدین مکر
  • How the boys escaped from school by this trick.
  • سجده کردند و بگفتند ای کریم ** دور بادا از تو رنجوری و بیم 1590
  • They bowed and said, “O honoured sir, may illness and danger be far from you!”
  • پس برون جستند سوی خانه‌ها ** همچو مرغان در هوای دانه‌ها
  • Then they bounded off to their homes, like birds in desire of grain.
  • مادرانشان خشمگین گشتند و گفت ** روز کتاب و شما با لهو جفت
  • Their mothers became angry with them and said, “A school-day and you at play!”
  • عذر آوردند کای مادر تو بیست ** این گناه از ما و از تقصیر نیست
  • They offered excuses (every one of them), saying, “Stop, mother! This sin does not proceed from us and is not caused by our fault.
  • از قضای آسمان استاد ما ** گشت رنجور و سقیم و مبتلا
  • By the destiny of Heaven our master has become ill and sick and afflicted.”
  • مادران گفتند مکرست و دروغ ** صد دروغ آرید بهر طمع دوغ 1595
  • The mothers said, “It is a trick and a lie: ye bring forward a hundred lies because of your greed for buttermilk.
  • ما صباح آییم پیش اوستا ** تا ببینیم اصل این مکر شما
  • In the morning we will come to (visit) the master, that we may see (what is at) the bottom of this trick of yours.”
  • کودکان گفتند بسم الله روید ** بر دروغ و صدق ما واقف شوید
  • “Go in God's name,” said the boys; “inform yourselves as to our lying or telling the truth.”
  • رفتن مادران کودکان به عیادت اوستاد
  • How the mothers of the boys went to visit the sick master.
  • بامدادان آمدند آن مادران ** خفته استا همچو بیمار گران
  • At morning those mothers came; (they found) the master in bed like one who is gravely ill,
  • هم عرق کرده ز بسیاری لحاف ** سر ببسته رو کشیده در سجاف
  • Perspiring on account of the great number of coverlets, his head bandaged and his face enveloped in the quilt.
  • آه آهی می‌کند آهسته او ** جملگان گشتند هم لا حول‌گو 1600
  • He was moaning softly: they too all began to cry “Lá hawl.”