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  • هست حیوانی که نامش اشغرست ** او به زخم چوب زفت و لمترست
  • There is an animal whose name is ushghur (porcupine): it is (made) stout and big by blows of the stick.
  • تا که چوبش می‌زنی به می‌شود ** او ز زخم چوب فربه می‌شود
  • The more you cudgel it, the more it thrives: it grows fat on blows of the stick.
  • نفس ممن اشغری آمد یقین ** کو به زخم رنج زفتست و سمین
  • Assuredly the true believer's soul is a porcupine, for it is (made) stout and fat by the blows of tribulation.
  • زین سبب بر انبیا رنج و شکست ** از همه خلق جهان افزونترست 100
  • For this reason the tribulation and abasement (laid) upon the prophets is greater than (that laid upon) all the (other) creatures in the world,
  • تا ز جانها جانشان شد زفت‌تر ** که ندیدند آن بلا قوم دگر
  • So that their souls became stouter than (all other) souls; for no other class of people suffered that affliction.
  • پوست از دارو بلاکش می‌شود ** چون ادیم طایفی خوش می‌شود
  • The hide is afflicted by the medicine (tan-liquor), (but) it becomes sweet like Tá’if leather;
  • ورنه تلخ و تیز مالیدی درو ** گنده گشتی ناخوش و ناپاک بو
  • And if he (the tanner) did not rub the bitter and acrid (liquor) into it, it would become fetid, unpleasant, and foul-smelling.
  • آدمی را پوست نامدبوغ دان ** از رطوبتها شده زشت و گران
  • Know that Man is an untanned hide, made noisome and gross by humours.
  • تلخ و تیز و مالش بسیار ده ** تا شود پاک و لطیف و با فره 105
  • Give (him) bitter and acrid (discipline) and much rubbing (tribulation), that he may become pure and lovely and exceedingly strong;
  • ور نمی‌توانی رضا ده ای عیار ** گر خدا رنجت دهد بی‌اختیار
  • But if you cannot (mortify yourself), be content, O cunning one, if God give you tribulation without choice (on your part),
  • که بلای دوست تطهیر شماست ** علم او بالای تدبیر شماست
  • For affliction (sent) by the Friend is (the means of) your being purified: His knowledge is above your contrivance.
  • چون صفا بیند بلا شیرین شود ** خوش شود دارو چو صحت‌بین شود
  • The affliction becomes sweet (to the sufferer) when he sees happiness: the medicine becomes sweet (to the sick man) when he regards health.
  • برد بیند خویش را در عین مات ** پس بگوید اقتلونی یا ثقات
  • He sees victory for himself in the very essence of checkmate; therefore he says, “Kill me, O trusty ones!”
  • این عوان در حق غیری سود شد ** لیک اندر حق خود مردود شد 110
  • This policeman became a (source of) profit in respect of another, but he became reprobate in respect of himself.
  • رحم ایمانی ازو ببریده شد ** کین شیطانی برو پیچیده شد
  • The mercy appertaining to the Faith was cut off from him; the hate inherent in the Devil enfolded him.
  • کارگاه خشم گشت و کین‌وری ** کینه دان اصل ضلال و کافری
  • He became a factory of anger and hatred: know that hate is the root of error and infidelity.
  • سال کردن از عیسی علیه‌السلام کی در وجود از همه‌ی صعبها صعب‌تر چیست
  • How they asked Jesus, on whom be peace, saying, "O Spirit of God, what is the hardest thing to bear of all the hard things in existence?"
  • گفت عیسی را یکی هشیار سر ** چیست در هستی ز جمله صعب‌تر
  • A sober-minded man said to Jesus, “What is the hardest to bear of all things in existence?”
  • گفتش ای جان صعب‌تر خشم خدا ** که از آن دوزخ همی لرزد چو ما
  • He replied, “O (my dear) soul, the hardest is God's anger, on account of which Hell is trembling as we (are).”
  • گفت ازین خشم خدا چه بود امان ** گفت ترک خشم خویش اندر زمان 115
  • He said, “What is the security against this anger of God?” Jesus said, “To abandon thine own anger at once.”
  • پس عوان که معدن این خشم گشت ** خشم زشتش از سبع هم در گذشت
  • Therefore, as the policeman became this anger's mine (source), his ugly anger surpassed even (that of) a wild beast.
  • چه امیدستش به رحمت جز مگر ** باز گردد زان صفت آن بی‌هنر
  • What hope is there for him of (Divine) mercy, unless perchance that graceless man should turn back from that (vile) quality?
  • گرچه عالم را ازیشان چاره نیست ** این سخن اندر ضلال افکندنیست
  • Although the world cannot do without them, this statement is a (means of) casting (those who hear it) into error.
  • چاره نبود هم جهان را از چمین ** لیک نبود آن چمین ماء معین
  • The world cannot do without urine either, but that urine is not clear running water.
  • قصد خیانت کردن عاشق و بانگ بر زدن معشوق بر وی
  • The lover’s attempted perfidy, and how the beloved scolded him.
  • چونک تنهااش بدید آن ساده مرد ** زود او قصد کنار و بوسه کرد 120
  • When that simpleton found her alone, at once he attempted to embrace and kiss her.
  • بانگ بر وی زد به هیبت آن نگار ** که مرو گستاخ ادب را هوش دار
  • The beauty with awesome mien raised her voice against him, saying, “Do not behave impudently, be mindful of good manners!”