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  • چار وصفست این بشر را دل‌فشار  ** چارمیخ عقل گشته این چهار  30
  • This humankind have four heart-oppressing qualities: these four have become the gibbet of Reason.
  • تفسیر خذ اربعة من الطیر فصرهن الیک 
  • Commenting on “Take four birds and turn them towards thee.”
  • تو خلیل وقتی ای خورشیدهش  ** این چهار اطیار ره‌زن را بکش 
  • O thou whose intelligence is (resplendent) as the Sun, thou art the Khalíl (Abraham) of the time: kill these four birds that infest the Way,
  • زانک هر مرغی ازینها زاغ‌وش  ** هست عقل عاقلان را دیده‌کش 
  • Because each of them, crow-like, is plucking the eye from the intellect of the intelligent.
  • چار وصف تن چو مرغان خلیل  ** بسمل ایشان دهد جان را سبیل 
  • The four bodily qualities resemble the birds of Khalíl: their slaughter makes way for the soul (to ascend).
  • ای خلیل اندر خلاص نیک و بد  ** سر ببرشان تا رهد پاها ز سد 
  • O Khalíl, in (accomplishing) the deliverance of good and bad (alike), cut off their heads that the feet (of the people) may escape from the barrier (which confines them).
  • کل توی و جملگان اجزای تو  ** بر گشا که هست پاشان پای تو  35
  • Thou art all, and they all are parts of thee: open (the prison), for their feet are thy feet.
  • از تو عالم روح زاری می‌شود  ** پشت صد لشکر سواری می‌شود 
  • By thee the (whole) world is made a place abounding in spirit: a single cavalier becomes the support of a hundred armies.
  • زانک این تن شد مقام چار خو  ** نامشان شد چار مرغ فتنه‌جو 
  • Inasmuch as this body is the abode (nest) of (these) four dispositions, they are named the four mischief-seeking birds.
  • خلق را گر زندگی خواهی ابد  ** سر ببر زین چار مرغ شوم بد 
  • If thou wish the people to have everlasting life, cut off the heads of these four foul and evil birds,
  • بازشان زنده کن از نوعی دگر  ** که نباشد بعد از آن زیشان ضرر 
  • (And then) revive them again in another sort, so that afterwards no harm will be done by them.
  • چار مرغ معنوی راه‌زن  ** کرده‌اند اندر دل خلقان وطن  40
  • The four immaterial birds which infest the Way have made their home in the hearts of the people.
  • چون امیر جمله دلهای سوی  ** اندرین دور ای خلیفه‌ی حق توی 
  • Since in this epoch thou, O Vicegerent of God, art the commander of all righteous hearts,
  • سر ببر این چار مرغ زنده را  ** سر مدی کن خلق ناپاینده را 
  • Cut off the heads of these four live birds and make everlasting the creatures that are not enduring for ever.
  • بط و طاوسست و زاغست و خروس  ** این مثال چار خلق اندر نفوس 
  • There is the duck and the peacock and the crow and the cock: these are a parable of the four (evil) dispositions in (human) souls.
  • بط حرصست و خروس آن شهوتست  ** جاه چون طاوس و زاغ امنیتست 
  • The duck is greed, and the cock is lust; eminence is like the peacock, and the crow is (worldly) desire.
  • منیتش آن که بود اومیدساز  ** طامع تابید یا عمر دراز  45
  • His (the crow's) object of desire is this, that he forms hopes and wishes for immortality or long life.
  • بط حرص آمد که نولش در زمین  ** در تر و در خشک می‌جوید دفین 
  • The duck is greed, for her bill is always in the ground, seeking what is buried in the wet and dry.
  • یک زمان نبود معطل آن گلو  ** نشنود از حکم جز امر کلوا 
  • That gullet (of hers) is never idle for a moment: it hearkens unto naught of the (Divine) ordinance save the command “Eat ye!”
  • هم‌چو یغماجیست خانه می‌کند  ** زود زود انبان خود پر می‌کند 
  • ’Tis like the looter who digs up (ravages) the house and very quickly fills his bag,
  • اندر انبان می‌فشارد نیک و بد  ** دانه‌های در و حبات نخود 
  • Cramming into the bag good and bad (indifferently), single pearls and chickpeas,
  • تا مبادا یاغیی آید دگر  ** می‌فشارد در جوال او خشک و تر  50
  • Cramming dry and wet into the sack, for fear lest another enemy should arrive.
  • وقت تنگ و فرصت اندک او مخوف  ** در بغل زد هر چه زودتر بی‌وقوف 
  • Time presses, the opportunity is small, he is terrified: without delay he heaves it under his arm as speedily as possible.
  • لیک ممن ز اعتماد آن حیات  ** می‌کند غارت به مهل و با انات 
  • But the true believer, from his confidence in that (Divine) Life, conducts his raid in a leisurely manner and with deliberation.
  • آمنست از فوت و از یاغی که او  ** می‌شناسد قهر شه را بر عدو 
  • He hath no fear of missing his chance or of the enemy, for he recognises the King's dominion over the enemy.