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  • چشم اشتر زان بود بس نوربار ** کو خورد از بهر نور چشم خار
  • The eye of the camel is very luminous because he (the camel) eats thorns for the sake of (increasing) the light of his eye.
  • قصه‌ی شکایت استر با شتر کی من بسیار در رو می‌افتم در راه رفتن تو کم در روی می‌آیی این چراست و جواب گفتن شتر او را
  • Story of the mule's complaining to the camel (and saying), "I often fall on my face when going along, while you seldom do so: why is this?" and the camel's answer to him.
  • اشتری را دید روزی استری ** چونک با او جمع شد در آخری
  • One day a mule saw a camel, since he had been put into a stable with him.
  • گفت من بسیار می‌افتم برو ** در گریوه و راه و در بازار و کو
  • He (the mule) said, “I often fall on my face in hill and road and in market and street.
  • خاصه از بالای که تا زیر کوه ** در سر آیم هر زمانی از شکوه
  • Particularly (in descending) from the top of the mountain to the bottom I come down on my head every moment from terror.
  • کم همی‌افتی تو در رو بهر چیست ** یا مگر خود جان پاکت دولتیست 3380
  • Thou dost not fall on thy face: why is it? Or maybe in sooth thy pure spirit is destined to felicity.
  • در سر آیم هر دم و زانو زنم ** پوز و زانو زان خطا پر خون کنم
  • I come down on my head every instant and strike my knees (on the ground): by that slipping I make muzzle and knees all bloody.
  • کژ شود پالان و رختم بر سرم ** وز مکاری هر زمان زخمی خورم
  • My pack-saddle and trappings become awry (lie in disorder) on my head, and I always get a beating from the muleteer;
  • هم‌چو کم عقلی که از عقل تباه ** بشکند توبه بهر دم در گناه
  • Like the unintelligent man who, from corrupt understanding, in (the case of his committing) sin continually breaks (his vow of) penitence.
  • مسخره‌ی ابلیس گردد در زمن ** از ضعیفی رای آن توبه‌شکن
  • Through weakness of resolution that breaker of (vows of) penitence becomes the laughing-stock of Iblís in the world.
  • در سر آید هر زمان چون اسپ لنگ ** که بود بارش گران و راه سنگ 3385
  • He constantly comes down on his head, like a lame horse, for his load is heavy and the road is (full of) stones.
  • می‌خورد از غیب بر سر زخم او ** از شکست توبه آن ادبارخو
  • He is always getting blows on his head from the Unseen, that man of luckless nature, from breaking (his vows of) penitence.
  • باز توبه می‌کند با رای سست ** دیو یک تف کرد و توبه‌ش را سکست
  • Then again he repents with infirm resolution: the Devil spits (in scorn) and shatters his penitence.
  • ضعف اندر ضعف و کبرش آنچنان ** که به خواری بنگرد در واصلان
  • Weakness on weakness! (Yet) his arrogance is such that he regards with contempt those that attain (to God).
  • ای شتر که تو مثال ممنی ** کم فتی در رو و کم بینی زنی
  • O camel, thou who art a type of the true believer dost not fall on thy face, nor dost thou turn up thy nose (in disdain).
  • تو چه داری که چنین بی‌آفتی ** بی‌عثاری و کم اندر رو فتی 3390
  • What hast thou that thou art so untouched by bane and free from stumbling and dost not fall on thy face?”
  • گفت گر چه هر سعادت از خداست ** در میان ما و تو بس فرقهاست
  • He (the camel) said, “Though every felicity is from God, there are many differences between me and thee.
  • سر بلندم من دو چشم من بلند ** بینش عالی امانست از گزند
  • I have a high head, my eyes are high: lofty vision is a protection against injury.
  • از سر که من ببینم پای کوه ** هر گو و هموار را من توه توه
  • From the top of the mountain I see the mountain-foot, I see every hollow and level, fold by fold,
  • هم‌چنانک دید آن صدر اجل ** پیش کار خویش تا روز اجل
  • Just as that most noble prince (the perfect saint) saw his future destiny till the day of death.
  • آنچ خواهد بود بعد بیست سال ** داند اندر حال آن نیکو خصال 3395
  • That person of goodly qualities knows at the present time what will happen after twenty years.
  • حال خود تنها ندید آن متقی ** بلک حال مغربی و مشرقی
  • That God-fearing man did not see his own destiny only; nay, the destiny of (every) inhabitant of the West and East.
  • نور در چشم و دلش سازد سکن ** بهر چه سازد پی حب الوطن
  • The Light makes its abode in his eye and heart. Wherefore does it make (its abode there)? For love of home.
  • هم‌چو یوسف کو بدید اول به خواب ** که سجودش کرد ماه و آفتاب
  • (He is) like Joseph, who at first dreamed that the sun and moon bowed in worship before him:
  • از پس ده سال بلک بیشتر ** آنچ یوسف دید بد بر کرد سر
  • After ten years, nay, more, that which Joseph had seen came to pass.
  • نیست آن ینظر به نور الله گزاف ** نور ربانی بود گردون شکاف 3400
  • That (saying), ‘he sees by the Light of God,’ is not vain: the Divine Light rives the sky asunder.