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1241-1265

  • زانک قدر مستمع آید نبا  ** بر قد خواجه برد درزی قبا 
  • For the tale is (lofty or low) in proportion to (the understanding of) the hearer: the tailor cuts the coat according to the Khwája's (customer's) figure.
  • صفت آن عجوز 
  • [Description of the old woman.]
  • چونک مجلس بی چنین پیغاره نیست  ** از حدیث پست نازل چاره نیست 
  • Since the audience is not free from such reproach, there is no means of avoiding low and undignified talk.
  • واستان هین این سخن را از گرو  ** سوی افسانه‌ی عجوزه باز رو 
  • Hark, redeem this topic (of discourse) from pawn: return to the tale of the old woman.
  • چون مسن گشت و درین ره نیست مرد  ** تو بنه نامش عجوز سال‌خورد 
  • When he (any one) has become advanced in years and is not a man (adept) in this Way, bestow the name of “aged crone” upon him.
  • نه مرورا راس مال و پایه‌ای  ** نه پذیرای قبول مایه‌ای  1245
  • He has neither (any spiritual) capital and basis, nor is he capable of receiving (such a) stock-in-trade.
  • نه دهنده نی پذیرنده‌ی خوشی  ** نه درو معنی و نه معنی‌کشی 
  • He is neither a giver nor a receiver of (spiritual) delight; in him there is neither reality nor (the power of) absorbing reality.
  • نه زبان نه گوش نه عقل و بصر  ** نه هش و نه بیهشی و نه فکر 
  • (He has) neither tongue nor ear nor understanding and insight nor consciousness nor unconsciousness nor reflections;
  • نه نیاز و نه جمالی بهر ناز  ** تو بتویش گنده مانند پیاز 
  • Neither humble supplication nor any beauty (with which) to show pride: his (whole interior), coat on coat, is stinking, like an onion.
  • نه رهی ببریده او نه پای راه  ** نه تبش آن قحبه را نه سوز و آه 
  • He has not traversed any path, nor (has he) the foot for (any power to traverse) the path: that shameless one has neither (inward) glow nor burning (passion) and sighs.
  • قصه‌ی درویشی کی از آن خانه هرچه می‌خواست می‌گفت نیست 
  • Story of the dervish to whom, whenever he begged anything from a certain house, he (the owner) used to say, “It is not (to be had here).”
  • سایلی آمد به سوی خانه‌ای  ** خشک نانه خواست یا تر نانه‌ای  1250
  • A beggar came to a house and asked for a piece of dry bread or a piece of moist (new) bread.
  • گفت صاحب‌خانه نان اینجا کجاست  ** خیره‌ای کی این دکان نانباست 
  • The owner of the house said, “Where is bread in this place? Are you crazy? How is this (house) a baker's shop?”
  • گفت باری اندکی پیهم بیاب  ** گفت آخر نیست دکان قصاب 
  • “At least,” he begged, “get me a little bit of fat.” “Why,” said he, “it isn't a butcher's shop.”
  • گفت پاره‌ی آرد ده ای کدخدا  ** گفت پنداری که هست این آسیا 
  • He said, “O master of the house, give me a pittance of flour.” “Do you think this is a mill?” he replied.
  • گفت باری آب ده از مکرعه  ** گفت آخر نیست جو یا مشرعه 
  • “Well then,” said he, “give me some water from the reservoir.” “Why,” he replied, “it isn't a river or a watering-place.”
  • هر چه او درخواست از نان یا سبوس  ** چربکی می‌گفت و می‌کردش فسوس  1255
  • Whatever he asked for, from bread to bran, he (the householder) was mocking and deriding him.
  • آن گدا در رفت و دامن بر کشید  ** اندر آن خانه بحسبت خواست رید 
  • The beggar went in and drew up his skirt: in ea domo voluit consulto cacare. [The beggar went in and drew up his skirt: he wanted to defecate deliberately inside the house.]
  • گفت هی هی گفت تن زن ای دژم  ** تا درین ویرانه خود فارغ کنم 
  • He (the householder) cried, “Hey, hey!” “Be quiet, O morose man,” said he, “ut in hoc loco deserto alvum exonerem. [He (the householder) cried, “Hey, hey!” “Be quiet, O morose man,” said he, “so that I may relieve myself inside this desolate place.]
  • چون درینجا نیست وجه زیستن  ** بر چنین خانه بباید ریستن 
  • Since there is no means of living (zístan) here, upon a house like this cacare (rístan) oportet.” [Since there is no means of living (zístan) here, one should defecate (rístan) upon a house such as this.”]
  • چون نه‌ای بازی که گیری تو شکار  ** دست آموز شکار شهریار 
  • Since you are not a falcon, so as to (be able to) catch the prey, (a falcon) hand-trained for the King's hunting;
  • نیستی طاوس با صد نقش بند  ** که به نقشت چشمها روشن کنند  1260
  • Nor a peacock painted with a hundred (beautiful) designs, so that (all) eyes should be illumined by the picture which you present;
  • هم نه‌ای طوطی که چون قندت دهند  ** گوش سوی گفت شیرینت نهند 
  • Nor a parrot, so that when sugar is given to you, (all) ears should bend to (listen to) your sweet talk;
  • هم نه‌ای بلبل که عاشق‌وار زار  ** خوش بنالی در چمن یا لاله‌زار 
  • Nor a nightingale to sing, like a lover, sweetly and plaintively in the meadow or the tulip-garden;
  • هم نه‌ای هدهد که پیکیها کنی  ** نه چو لک‌لک که وطن بالا کنی 
  • Nor a hoopoe to bring messages, nor are you like a stork to make your nest on high—
  • در چه کاری تو و بهر چت خرند  ** تو چه مرغی و ترا با چه خورند 
  • In what work are you (employed), and for what (purpose) are you bought? What (sort of) bird are you, and with what (digestive) are you eaten?
  • زین دکان با مکاسان برتر آ  ** تا دکان فضل که الله اشتری  1265
  • Mount beyond this shop of hagglers to the shop of Bounty whereGod is the purchaser.