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  • آرزوی گل بود گل‌خواره را ** گلشکر نگوارد آن بیچاره را 3285
  • The eater of clay has a desire for clay: rose-flavoured sugar is indigestible for that wretched man.
  • وحی آمدن از حق تعالی به موسی کی بیاموزش چیزی کی استدعا کند یا بعضی از آن
  • How Revelation came from God most High to Moses that he should teach him the thing demanded by him, or part of it.
  • گفت یزدان تو بده بایست او ** برگشا در اختیار آن دست او
  • God said, “Do thou grant his need: let him have a free hand to choose (good or evil).”
  • اختیار آمد عبادت را نمک ** ورنه می‌گردد بناخواه این فلک
  • Choice (free-will) is the salt of devotion; otherwise (there would be no merit): this celestial sphere revolves involuntarily;
  • گردش او را نه اجر و نه عقاب ** که اختیار آمد هنر وقت حساب
  • (Hence) its revolution has neither reward nor punishment, for free-will is (accounted) a merit at the time of the Reckoning.
  • جمله عالم خود مسبح آمدند ** نیست آن تسبیح جبری مزدمند
  • All created beings indeed are glorifiers (of God), (but) that compulsory glorification is not wage-earning.
  • تیغ در دستش نه از عجزش بکن ** تا که غازی گردد او یا راه‌زن 3290
  • “Put a sword in his hand, pull him away from weakness (incapacity to choose), so that he may become (either) a holy warrior or a brigand,
  • زانک کرمنا شد آدم ز اختیار ** نیم زنبور عسل شد نیم مار
  • Because We have honoured Man by (the gift of) free-will: half (of him) is honeybee, half is snake.”
  • مومنان کان عسل زنبوروار ** کافران خود کان زهری همچو مار
  • The true believers are a store of honey, like the bee; the infidels, in sooth, are a store of poison, like the snake,
  • زانک ممن خورد بگزیده نبات ** تا چو نحلی گشت ریق او حیات
  • Because the true believer ate choice herbs, so that, like a bee, his spittle became (a means of giving) life;
  • باز کافر خورد شربت از صدید ** هم ز قوتش زهر شد در وی پدید
  • (While), again, the infidel drank sherbet of filthy water: accordingly from his nourishment poison appeared in him.
  • اهل الهام خدا عین الحیات ** اهل تسویل هوا سم الممات 3295
  • Those inspired by God are the fountain of life; those allured by the enticements of sensuality are the poison of death.
  • در جهان این مدح و شاباش و زهی ** ز اختیارست و حفاظ آگهی
  • In the world this praise and “well done!” and “bravo!” are (bestowed) in virtue of free-will and watchful attention.
  • جمله رندان چونک در زندان بوند ** متقی و زاهد و حق‌خوان شوند
  • All profligates, when they are in prison, become devout and ascetic and invokers of God.
  • چونک قدرت رفت کاسد شد عمل ** هین که تا سرمایه نستاند اجل
  • When the power (to act freely) is gone, the work becomes unsaleable (worthless). Take heed lest Doom seize the capital (which thou hast).
  • قدرتت سرمایه‌ی سودست هین ** وقت قدرت را نگه دار و ببین
  • The power (of free action) is thy profit-earning capital. Hark, watch over the moment of power and observe (it well)!
  • آدمی بر خنگ کرمنا سوار ** در کف درکش عنان اختیار 3300
  • Man rides on the steed of “We have honoured (the sons of Adam)”: the reins of free-will are in the hand of his intelligence.
  • باز موسی داد پند او را بمهر ** که مرادت زرد خواهد کرد چهر
  • Once more did Moses admonish him kindly, saying, “The thing thou desirest will make thy face pale.
  • ترک این سودا بگو وز حق بترس ** دیو دادستت برای مکر درس
  • Abandon this vain passion and be afraid of God: the Devil has schooled thee for the purpose of deception.”
  • قانع شدن آن طالب به تعلیم زبان مرغ خانگی و سگ و اجابت موسی علیه السلام
  • How that seeker was content to be taught the language of domestic fowls and dogs, and how Moses, on whom be peace; complied with his request.
  • گفت باری نطق سگ کو بر درست ** نطق مرغ خانگی کاهل پرست
  • He said, “At any rate (teach me) the language of the dog which is at the door and the language of the feathered domestic fowl.”
  • گفت موسی هین تو دانی رو رسید ** نطق این هر دو شود بر تو پدید
  • “Hark,” said Moses, “thou knowest (best)! Go, it (the fulfilment of thy wish) has arrived: the language of both of these will be revealed to thee.”
  • بامدادان از برای امتحان ** ایستاد او منتظر بر آستان 3305
  • At daybreak, in order to make trial, he stood waiting on the threshold.
  • خادمه سفره بیفشاند و فتاد ** پاره‌ای نان بیات آثار زاد
  • The maid-servant shook the table-cloth, and a piece of bread, the remnants of last night's meal, fell out.
  • در ربود آن را خروسی چون گرو ** گفت سگ کردی تو بر ما ظلم رو
  • A cock snatched it up as (though it were) the stake (in a race). The dog said, “You have done injustice-to me. Begone!
  • دانه‌ی گندم توانی خورد و من ** عاجزم در دانه خوردن در وطن
  • You can eat a grain of corn, while I am unable to eat grains in my abode.
  • گندم و جو را و باقی حبوب ** می‌توانی خورد و من نه ای طروب
  • You can eat corn and barley and the rest of the grains, while I cannot, O jubilant one.