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  • چشم‌روشن دشمنان و دوست کور ** گشت ما را پس گلستان قعر گور
  • (That our) enemies (should be) bright-eyed and (our) friends blind: then (in that case) the rose-garden has become for us (like) the bottom of the tomb.”
  • تزییف سخن هامان علیه‌اللعنه
  • Showing the falsity of Hámán’s speech— the curse (of God) be upon him!
  • دوست از دشمن همی نشناخت او ** نرد را کورانه کژ می‌باخت او
  • He did not know friend from enemy: he was playing back gammon (all) wrong, like a blind man.
  • دشمن تو جز تو نبود این لعین ** بی‌گناهان را مگو دشمن به کین
  • Thy enemy is none but thyself, O accursed one: do not de spitefully call the innocent (thy) enemies.
  • پیش تو این حالت بد دولتست ** که دوادو اول و آخر لتست
  • In thy sight this evil state (in which thou art) is dawlat (worldly fortune), whereof the beginning is dawádaw (running to and fro) and the end lat (blows).
  • گر ازین دولت نتازی خز خزان ** این بهارت را همی آید خزان 2740
  • If by degrees thou do not run away from this worldly fortune, autumn will come o’er this spring of thine.
  • مشرق و مغرب چو تو بس دیده‌اند ** که سر ایشان ز تن ببریده‌اند
  • East and West have seen many like thee, whose heads have been severed from their bodies.
  • مشرق و مغرب که نبود بر قرار ** چون کنند آخر کسی را پایدار
  • After all, how should East and West, which are not permanent, make any one enduring?
  • تو بدان فخر آوری کز ترس و بند ** چاپلوست گشت مردم روز چند
  • Thou takest pride in the fact that men, from fear and bondage, have become thy flatterers for a few days.
  • هر کرا مردم سجودی می‌کنند ** زهر اندر جان او می‌آکنند
  • When men bow in adoration to any one, they are (really) cramming poison into his soul.
  • چونک بر گردد ازو آن ساجدش ** داند او کان زهر بود و موبدش 2745
  • When his adorer turns away from him, he knows that that (adoration) was poisonous and destructive to him.
  • ای خنک آن را که ذلت نفسه ** وای آنک از سرکشی شد چون که او
  • Oh, blest is he whose carnal soul was abased! Alas who became like a mountain from arrogance
  • این تکبر زهر قاتل دان که هست ** از می پر زهر شد آن گیج مست
  • Know that this pride is a killing poison: that fool toxicated by the poisonous wine.
  • چون می پر زهر نوشد مدبری ** از طرب یکدم بجنباند سری
  • When an unhappy wretch drinks the poisonous wine, his head in delight for one moment.
  • بعد یک‌دم زهر بر جانش فتد ** زهر در جانش کند داد و ستد
  • After one moment the poison falls on his spirit the poison exercises (complete) sway over his spirit.
  • گر نذاری زهری‌اش را اعتقاد ** کو چه زهر آمد نگر در قوم عاد 2750
  • If you have not firm belief in its being poisonous (and do not know) what (a deadly) poison it is, look at the people of ‘Ád.
  • چونک شاهی دست یابد بر شهی ** بکشدش یا باز دارد در چهی
  • When one king gains the upper hand (prevails) over another. king, he kills him or confines him in a dungeon;
  • ور بیابد خسته‌ی افتاده را ** مرهمش سازد شه و بدهد عطا
  • But if he find a fallen wounded man, the king will make a plaster for him and bestow gifts on him.
  • گر نه زهرست آن تکبر پس چرا ** کشت شه را بی‌گناه و بی‌خطا
  • If that pride is not poison, then why did he kill the (vanquished) king without (his having committed any) crime or offence?
  • وین دگر را بی ز خدمت چون نواخت ** زین دو جنبش زهر را شاید شناخت
  • And how did he treat this other (helpless) man (so) kindly without (his having performed any) service? From these two actions you may recognise (the poisonous nature of) pride.
  • راه‌زن هرگز گدایی را نزد ** گرگ گرگ مرده را هرگز گزد 2755
  • No highwayman ever attacked a beggar does a wolf ever bite a dead wolf?
  • خضر کشتی را برای آن شکست ** تا تواند کشتی از فجار رست
  • Khizr made a breach in the boat in order that the boat might be saved from the wicked.
  • چون شکسته می‌رهد اشکسته شو ** امن در فقرست اندر فقر رو
  • Since the broken (contrite) one will be saved, be thou broken (contrite). Safety lies in poverty enter into poverty
  • آن کهی کو داشت از کان نقد چند ** گشت پاره پاره از زخم کلند
  • The mountain that possessed some cash in its mine was riven to pieces by the strokes of the pick-axe.
  • تیغ بهر اوست کو را گردنیست ** سایه که افکندست بر وی زخم نیست
  • The sword is for him who has a (high and proud) neck; no blow falls on the shadow that is thrown (flat upon the ground).
  • مهتری نفطست و آتش ای غوی ** ای برادر چون بر آذر می‌روی 2760
  • Eminence is naphtha and fire, O misguided one: O brother, how (why) art thou going into the fire?