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  • حلق ببریده خورد شربت ولی ** حلق از لا رسته مرده در بلی‌‌
  • The throat that has been cut drinks (the Divine) sherbet, but (only) the throat that has been delivered from Nay and has died in Yea.
  • بس کن ای دون همت کوته بنان ** تا کی‌‌ات باشد حیات جان به نان‌‌
  • Make an end, O pusillanimous short-fingered (infirm) one! How long will the life of thy spirit be (sustained) by bread?
  • ز آن نداری میوه‌‌ای مانند بید ** کآبرو بردی پی نان سپید
  • Like the willow, thou hast no fruit, because thou hast lost thine honour for the sake of white bread.
  • گر ندارد صبر زین نان جان حس ** کیمیا را گیر و زر گردان تو مس‌‌
  • If the sensual soul cannot refrain from this bread, take the elixir and turn thy copper into gold.
  • جامه شویی کرد خواهی ای فلان ** رو مگردان از محله‌‌ی گازران‌‌ 3880
  • Wouldst thou wash thy garment (clean), O so-and-so, do not avert thy face from the bleachers' quarter.
  • گر چه نان بشکست مر روزه‌‌ی ترا ** در شکسته بند پیچ و برتر آ
  • Although the bread has broken thy fast, cling to Him that binds what is broken, and ascend!
  • چون شکسته بند آمد دست او ** پس رفو باشد یقین اشکست او
  • Inasmuch as His hand binds what is broken, it follows that His breaking is assuredly mending.
  • گر تو آن را بشکنی گوید بیا ** تو درستش کن نداری دست و پا
  • It thou break it, He will say to thee, “Come, make it whole (again)”; and thou hast neither hand nor foot (thou art helpless).
  • پس شکستن حق او باشد که او ** مر شکسته گشته را داند رفو
  • Therefore He (alone) has the right to break, for He (alone) can mend what has been broken.
  • آن که داند دوخت او داند درید ** هر چه را بفروخت نیکوتر خرید 3885
  • He that knows how to sew (together) knows how to tear (asunder); whatsoever He sells, He buys (something) better (in exchange).
  • خانه را ویران کند زیر و زبر ** پس به یک ساعت کند معمورتر
  • He lays the house in ruins, upside down; then in one moment He makes it more habitable (than it was before).
  • گر یکی سر را ببرد از بدن ** صد هزاران سر بر آرد در زمن‌‌
  • If He sever one head from the body, He at once raises up hundreds of thousands of heads (for the beheaded person).
  • گر نفرمودی قصاصی بر جناة ** یا نگفتی فی القصاص آمد حیات‌‌
  • If He had not ordained a retaliation upon the guilty, or if He had not said, “In retaliation there is (for you) a life,”
  • خود که را زهره بدی تا او ز خود ** بر اسیر حکم حق تیغی زند
  • Who indeed would have the stomach (would dare) of himself (on his own responsibility) to wield (draw) a sword against him that is a thrall to the decree of God?—
  • ز آن که داند هر که چشمش را گشود ** کآن کشنده سخره‌‌ی تقدیر بود 3890
  • Because every one whose eyes He (God) hath opened would know that the slayer was constrained (to slay) by (Divine) predestination.
  • هر که را آن حکم بر سر آمدی ** بر سر فرزند هم تیغی زدی‌‌
  • Any one on whom that decree might come (fall) would strike a sword-blow even at the head of his (own) child.
  • رو بترس و طعنه کم زن بر بدان ** پیش دام حکم عجز خود بدان‌‌
  • Go, fear (God) and do not rail at the wicked: know thine own impotence before the snare of the (Divine) decree.
  • تعجب کردن آدم علیه السلام از ضلالت ابلیس لعین و عجب آوردن‌‌
  • How Adam, on whom be peace, marvelled at the perdition of the accursed Iblís and showed vanity.
  • چشم آدم بر بلیسی کو شقی ست ** از حقارت و از زیافت بنگریست‌‌
  • The eye of Adam looked with contempt and scorn on Iblís who is damned.
  • خویش بینی کرد و آمد خود گزین ** خنده زد بر کار ابلیس لعین‌‌
  • He behaved with self-conceit and became self-approving: he laughed at the plight of accursed Iblís.
  • بانگ بر زد غیرت حق کای صفی ** تو نمی‌‌دانی ز اسرار خفی‌‌ 3895
  • The jealousy of God cried out (against him)—“O chosen one, thou art ignorant of the hidden mysteries (of His providence).
  • پوستین را باژگونه گر کند ** کوه را از بیخ و از بن بر کند
  • If He should turn the fur inside out, He would tear up from root and bottom (even) the (firmest) mountain (of faith);
  • پرده‌‌ی صد آدم آن دم بر درد ** صد بلیس نو مسلمان آورد
  • At that instant He would rend the veil of (put to shame) a hundred Adams and bring (to light) a hundred Devils newly converted to Islam.”
  • گفت آدم توبه کردم زین نظر ** این چنین گستاخ نندیشم دگر
  • Adam said, “I repent of this look; I will not think so disrespectfully again.”
  • یا غیاث المستغیثین اهدنا ** لا افتخار بالعلوم و الغنی‌‌
  • O Help of them that call for help, lead us (aright)! There is no (cause for) pride in knowledge or riches.
  • لا تزغ قلبا هدیت بالکرم ** و اصرف السوء الذی خط القلم‌‌ 3900
  • Do not let a heart stray that Thou hast guided by Thy grace, and avert the evil which the Pen has written.
  • بگذران از جان ما سوء القضا ** وا مبر ما را ز اخوان صفا
  • Let the evil of Thy ordainment pass from our souls: do not cut us off from those who are sincere.
  • تلخ‌‌تر از فرقت تو هیچ نیست ** بی‌‌پناهت غیر پیچا پیچ نیست‌‌
  • There is naught more bitter than separation from Thee: without Thy protection there is naught but perplexity.
  • رخت ما هم رخت ما را راه زن ** جسم ما مر جان ما را جامه کن‌‌
  • Our (worldly) goods waylay (and plunder) our (spiritual) goods: our bodies tear the garment (of spirituality) from our souls.
  • دست ما چون پای ما را می‌‌خورد ** بی‌‌امان تو کسی جان چون برد
  • Inasmuch as (the evil wrought by) our hand devours (the good towards which we move) our foot, how shall any one save his soul without Thy security?
  • ور برد جان زین خطرهای عظیم ** برده باشد مایه‌‌ی ادبار و بیم‌‌ 3905
  • And (even) if (unaided) he save his soul from these awful dangers, he will (only) have saved a stock of misfortune and fear,
  • ز آن که جان چون واصل جانان نبود ** تا ابد با خویش کور است و کبود
  • Because the soul, when it is not united with the Beloved, is blind and blue (miserable) with itself for ever.
  • چون تو ندهی راه جان خود برده گیر ** جان که بی‌‌تو زنده باشد مرده گیر
  • When Thou wilt not give him admission (to Thy presence) —even suppose he has saved his soul, regard as dead the soul that would live without Thee.
  • گر تو طعنه می‌‌زنی بر بندگان ** مر ترا آن می‌‌رسد ای کامران‌‌
  • If Thou art upbraiding Thy slaves, that is suitable to Thee, O Thou whose every wish is fulfilled.
  • ور تو ماه و مهر را گویی جفا ** ور تو قد سرو را گویی دوتا
  • And if Thou utter abuse of the moon and sun, and if Thou say that the (straight) stature of the cypress is (bent) double,
  • ور تو چرخ و عرش را خوانی حقیر ** ور تو کان و بحر را گویی فقیر 3910
  • And if Thou call the sky and the empyrean contemptible, and if Thou say that the mine and the sea are poor—
  • آن به نسبت با کمال تو رواست ** ملک اکمال فناها مر تراست‌‌
  • That is proper in reference to Thy perfection: Thine is the power of perfecting (all) mortalities,
  • که تو پاکی از خطر و ز نیستی ** نیستان را موجد و معنیستی‌‌
  • For Thou art holy (and free) from danger and from non-existence: Thou art He that brings the non-existent ones into being and endows (them with existence).
  • آن که رویانید داند سوختن ** ز آن که چون بدرید داند دوختن‌‌
  • He that made to grow can burn (destroy), because when He has torn, He can sew (mend).
  • می‌‌بسوزد هر خزان مر باغ را ** باز رویاند گل صباغ را
  • Every autumn He burns (withers) the garden; (then) He makes to grow again the rose that dyes (the garden),
  • کای بسوزیده برون آ تازه شو ** بار دیگر خوب و خوب آوازه شو 3915
  • Saying, “O thou who wert withered, come forth, be fresh, once more be fair and of fair renown!”
  • چشم نرگس کور شد بازش بساخت ** حلق نی ببرید و بازش خود نواخت‌‌
  • The eye of the narcissus became blind: He restored it; the throat of the reed was cut: He himself fostered it again (and revived it).
  • ما چو مصنوعیم و صانع نیستیم ** جز زبون و جز که قانع نیستیم‌‌
  • Since we are made (by God) and are not makers, we are not (entitled to be anything) but humble and content.
  • ما همه نفسی و نفسی می‌‌زنیم ** گر نخوانی ما همه اهرمنیم‌‌
  • We all are crying "nafsí nafsí" ("save my soul, save my soul!"): if Thou call us not (to Thyself), we all are Ahrimans (Devils).
  • ز آن ز اهرمن رهیدستیم ما ** که خریدی جان ما را از عمی‌‌
  • (If) we have been delivered from Ahriman, (it is only) because Thou hast redeemed our souls from blindness.
  • تو عصا کش هر که را که زندگی است ** بی‌‌عصا و بی‌‌عصا کش کور چیست‌‌ 3920
  • Thou art the Guide of every one that hath life: what is the blind man without staff and guide?
  • غیر تو هر چه خوش است و ناخوش است ** آدمی سوز است و عین آتش است‌‌
  • Excepting Thee (alone), whatsoever is sweet or unsweet is man-destroying and the essence of fire.
  • هر که را آتش پناه و پشت شد ** هم مجوسی گشت و هم زردشت شد
  • Any one to whom fire is a refuge and support becomes both a Magian and a Zoroaster.
  • کل شی‌‌ء ما خلا الله باطل ** إن فضل الله غیم هاطل‌‌
  • Everything except Allah is vain: verily the grace of Allah is a cloud pouring abundantly and continually.
  • باز گشتن به حکایت امیر المؤمنین علی کرم الله وجهه و مسامحت کردن او با خونی خویش‌‌
  • Returning to the story of ‘Alí—may God honour his person!— and how generously he behaved to his murderer.
  • باز رو سوی علی و خونی‌‌اش ** و آن کرم با خونی و افزونی‌‌اش‌‌
  • Go back to ‘Alí and his murderer, and the kindness he showed to the murderer, and his superiority (moral and spiritual excellence).
  • گفت دشمن را همی‌‌می‌‌بینم به چشم ** روز و شب بر وی ندارم هیچ خشم‌‌ 3925
  • He said, “Day and night I see the enemy with my eyes, (but) I have no anger against him,