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4035-4059

  • طبع طاوسست و وسواست کند ** دم زند تا از مقامت بر کند 4035
  • The carnal nature is a peacock: it tempts thee and talks idly, that it may remove thee from thy (spiritual) post.
  • گفتن شیطان قریش را کی به جنگ احمد آیید کی من یاریها کنم وقبیله‌ی خود را بیاری خوانم و وقت ملاقات صفین گریختن
  • How Satan said to the Quraysh, “Go to war with Ahmad (Mohammed), for I will aid you and call my tribe to help”; and how, when the two battle-lines confronted each other, he fled.
  • همچو شیطان در سپه شد صد یکم ** خواند افسون که اننی جار لکم
  • As (for example) Satan became the hundred-and-first in the army (of the Quraysh) and spake beguiling words, saying, “Verily, I am a protector for you.”
  • چون قریش از گفت او حاضر شدند ** هر دو لشکر در ملاقان آمدند
  • When the Quraysh had assembled at his bidding, and the two armies confronted each other,
  • دید شیطان از ملایک اسپهی ** سوی صف ممنان اندر رهی
  • Satan espied a host of angels on a road beside the ranks of the Faithful.
  • آن جنودا لم تروها صف زده ** گشت جان او ز بیم آتشکده
  • (He espied) those troops that ye saw not, drawn up in ranks; and from terror his soul became (like) a fire-temple.
  • پای خود وا پس کشیده می‌گرفت ** که همی‌بینم سپاهی من شگفت 4040
  • Turning on his heel, he began to retreat, saying, “I behold a marvellous host”—
  • ای اخاف الله ما لی منه عون ** اذهبوا انی اری ما لاترون
  • That is, “I fear God: I have no help from Him. Get ye gone! Verily, I see what ye see not.”
  • گفت حارث ای سراقه شکل هین ** دی چرا تو می‌نگفتی اینچنین
  • Hárith said, “Hey, O thou that hast the form of Suráqa, why wert not thou saying such-like words yesterday?”
  • گفت این دم من همی‌بینم حرب ** گفت می‌بینی جعاشیش عرب
  • He replied, “At this moment I see destruction (before me).” He (Hárith) said, “Thou seest the most puny of the Arabs.
  • می‌نبینی غیر این لیک ای تو ننگ ** آن زمان لاف بود این وقت جنگ
  • Thou art seeing naught but this; but, O thou disgrace, that was the time of talk, and this is the time of battle.
  • دی همی‌گفتی که پایندان شدم ** که بودتان فتح و نصرت دم‌بدم 4045
  • Yesterday thou wert saying, ‘I pledge myself that victory and Divine aid will always be yours.’
  • دی زعیم الجیش بودی ای لعین ** وین زمان نامرد و ناچیز و مهین
  • Yesterday thou wert the surety for the army, O accursed one, and now thou art cowardly, good-for-nothing, and vile,
  • تا بخوردیم آن دم تو و آمدیم ** تو بتون رفتی و ما هیزم شدیم
  • So that (after) we swallowed those (deceitful) words of thine and came (to battle), thou hast gone to the bath-stove and we have become the fuel.”
  • چونک حارث با سراقه گفت این ** از عتابش خشمگین شد آن لعین
  • When Hárith said this to Suráqa, that accursed one was enraged at his reproaches.
  • دست خود خشمین ز دست او کشید ** چون ز گفت اوش درد دل رسید
  • He angrily withdrew his hand from his (Hárith's) hand, since his heart was pained by his words.
  • سینه‌اش را کوفت شیطان و گریخت ** خون آن بیچارگان زین مکر ریخت 4050
  • Satan smote his (Hárith's) breast and fled: by means of this plot he shed the blood of those wretched men.
  • چونک ویران کرد چندین عالم او ** پس بگفت این بری منکم
  • After he had ruined so great a multitude, he then said, “Lo, I am quit of you.”
  • کوفت اندر سینه‌اش انداختش ** پس گریزان شد چو هیبت تاختش
  • He smote him on the breast and overthrew him; then he turned to flee, since terror urged him on.
  • نفس و شیطان هر دو یک تن بوده‌اند ** در دو صورت خویش را بنموده‌اند
  • The fleshly soul and the Devil both have (ever) been one person (essentially); (but) they have manifested themselves in two forms,
  • چون فرشته و عقل کایشان یک بدند ** بهر حکمتهاش دو صورت شدند
  • Like the angel and the intellect, which were (really) one, (but) became two forms for the sake of His (God's) wise purposes.
  • دشمنی داری چنین در سر خویش ** مانع عقلست و خصم جان و کیش 4055
  • You have such an enemy as this in your inward part: he is the preventer of the intellect, and the adversary of the spirit and of religion.
  • یکنفس حمله کند چون سوسمار ** پس بسوراخی گریزد در فرار
  • At one moment he dashes forward like the Libyan lizard; then (again) in flight he darts away into a hole.
  • در دل او سوراخها دارد کنون ** سر ز هر سوراخ می‌آرد برون
  • Just now he has (many) holes in the (human) heart, and from every hole he is putting out his head.
  • نام پنهان گشتن دیو از نفوس ** واندر آن سوراخ رفتن شد خنوس
  • The name that denotes the Devil's becoming hidden from (men's) souls and going into that hole is khunús (slinking back),
  • که خنوسش چون خنوس قنفذست ** چون سر قنفذ ورا آمد شذست
  • For his khunús is like the khunús of the hedgehog: like the head of the hedgehog, he pops in and out;