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  • شه طبیبان جمع کرد از چپ و راست ** گفت جان هر دو در دست شماست‌‌
  • The king gathered the physicians together from left and right and said to them, “The life of us both is in your hands.
  • جان من سهل است جان جانم اوست ** دردمند و خسته‌‌ام درمانم اوست‌‌
  • My life is of no account, (but) she is the life of my life. I am in pain and wounded: she is my remedy.
  • هر که درمان کرد مر جان مرا ** برد گنج و در و مرجان مرا 45
  • Whoever heals her that is my life will bear away with him my treasure and pearls, large and small.”
  • جمله گفتندش که جان‌‌بازی کنیم ** فهم گرد آریم و انبازی کنیم‌‌
  • They all answered him, saying, “We will hazard our lives and summon all our intelligence and put it into the common stock.
  • هر یکی از ما مسیح عالمی است ** هر الم را در کف ما مرهمی است‌‌
  • Each one of us is a learned Messiah: in our hands is a medicine for every pain.”
  • گر خدا خواهد نگفتند از بطر ** پس خدا بنمودشان عجز بشر
  • In their arrogance they did not say, “If God will”; therefore God showed unto them the weakness of Man.
  • ترک استثنا مرادم قسوتی است ** نی همین گفتن که عارض حالتی است‌‌
  • I mean (a case in which) omission of the saving clause is (due to) a hardness of heart; not the mere saying of these words, for that is a superficial circumstance.
  • ای بسا ناورده استثنا به گفت ** جان او با جان استثناست جفت‌‌ 50
  • How many a one has not pronounced the saving clause, and yet his soul is in harmony with the soul of it!
  • هر چه کردند از علاج و از دوا ** گشت رنج افزون و حاجت ناروا
  • The more cures and remedies they applied, the more did the illness increase, and the need was not fulfilled.
  • آن کنیزک از مرض چون موی شد ** چشم شه از اشک خون چون جوی شد
  • The sick girl became (thin) as a hair, (while) the eyes of the king flowed with tears of blood, like a river.
  • از قضا سرکنگبین صفرا فزود ** روغن بادام خشکی می‌‌نمود
  • By Divine destiny, oxymel increased the bile, and oil of almonds was producing dryness.
  • از هلیله قبض شد اطلاق رفت ** آب آتش را مدد شد همچو نفت‌‌
  • From (giving) myrobalan constipation resulted, relaxation ceased; and water fed the flames, like naphtha.
  • ظاهر شدن عجز حکیمان از معالجه‌‌ی کنیزک و روی آوردن پادشاه به درگاه خدا و در خواب دیدن او ولی را
  • How it became manifest that the physicians were unable to cure the handmaiden, and how the king turned his face towards God and dreamed of a holy man.
  • شه چو عجز آن حکیمان را بدید ** پا برهنه جانب مسجد دوید 55
  • When the king saw the powerlessness of those physicians, he ran bare-footed to the mosque.
  • رفت در مسجد سوی محراب شد ** سجده گاه از اشک شه پر آب شد
  • He entered the mosque and advanced to the mihráb (to pray): the prayer-carpet was bathed in the king's tears.
  • چون به خویش آمد ز غرقاب فنا ** خوش زبان بگشاد در مدح و ثنا
  • On coming to himself out of the flood of ecstasy (faná) he loosed his tongue in goodly praise and laud,
  • کای کمینه بخششت ملک جهان ** من چه گویم چون تو می‌‌دانی نهان‌‌
  • Saying, “O Thou whose least gift is the empire of the world, what shall I say, in as much as Thou knowest the hidden thing?
  • ای همیشه حاجت ما را پناه ** بار دیگر ما غلط کردیم راه‌‌
  • O Thou with whom we always take refuge in our need, once again we have missed the way.
  • لیک گفتی گر چه می‌‌دانم سرت ** زود هم پیدا کنش بر ظاهرت‌‌ 60
  • But Thou hast said, ‘Albeit I know thy secret, nevertheless declare it forthwith in thine outward act.’”
  • چون بر آورد از میان جان خروش ** اندر آمد بحر بخشایش به جوش‌‌
  • When from the depths of his soul he raised a cry (of supplication), the sea of Bounty began to surge.
  • در میان گریه خوابش در ربود ** دید در خواب او که پیری رو نمود
  • Slumber overtook him in the midst of weeping: he dreamed that an old man appeared
  • گفت ای شه مژده حاجاتت رواست ** گر غریبی آیدت فردا ز ماست‌‌
  • And said, “Good tidings, O king! Thy prayers are granted. If to-morrow a stranger come for thee, he is from me.
  • چون که آید او حکیمی حاذق است ** صادقش دان که امین و صادق است‌‌
  • When he comes, he is a skilled physician: deem him veracious, for he is trusty and true.
  • در علاجش سحر مطلق را ببین ** در مزاجش قدرت حق را ببین‌‌ 65
  • In his remedy behold absolute magic, in his temperament behold the might of God!”
  • چون رسید آن وعده‌‌گاه و روز شد ** آفتاب از شرق، اختر سوز شد
  • When the promised hour arrived and day broke and the sun, (rising) from the east, began to burn the stars,
  • بود اندر منظره شه منتظر ** تا ببیند آن چه بنمودند سر
  • The king was in the belvedere, expecting to see that which had been shown mysteriously.
  • دید شخصی فاضلی پر مایه‌‌ای ** آفتابی در میان سایه‌‌ای‌‌
  • He saw a person excellent and worshipful, a sun amidst a shadow,
  • می‌‌رسید از دور مانند هلال ** نیست بود و هست بر شکل خیال‌‌
  • Coming from afar, like the new moon (in slenderness and radiance): he was nonexistent, though existent in the form of phantasy.
  • نیست وش باشد خیال اندر روان ** تو جهانی بر خیالی بین روان‌‌ 70
  • In the spirit phantasy is as naught, (yet) behold a world (turning) on a phantasy!
  • بر خیالی صلح‌‌شان و جنگشان ** وز خیالی فخرشان و ننگشان‌‌
  • Their peace and their war (turn) on a phantasy, and their pride and their shame spring from a phantasy;
  • آن خیالاتی که دام اولیاست ** عکس مه رویان بستان خداست‌‌
  • (But) those phantasies which ensnare the saints are the reflexion of the fair ones of the garden of God.
  • آن خیالی که شه اندر خواب دید ** در رخ مهمان همی‌‌آمد پدید
  • In the countenance of the stranger-guest was appearing that phantasy which the king beheld in his dream.
  • شه به جای حاجیان واپیش رفت ** پیش آن مهمان غیب خویش رفت‌‌
  • The king himself, instead of the chamberlains, went forward to meet his guest from the Invisible.
  • هر دو بحری آشنا آموخته ** هر دو جان بی‌‌دوختن بر دوخته‌‌ 75
  • Both were seamen who had learned to swim, the souls of both were knit together without sewing.
  • گفت معشوقم تو بوده ستی نه آن ** لیک کار از کار خیزد در جهان‌‌
  • The king said, “Thou wert my Beloved (in reality), not she; but in this world deed issues from deed.
  • ای مرا تو مصطفی من چون عمر ** از برای خدمتت بندم کمر
  • O thou who art to me (as) Mustafá (Mohammed), while I am like unto ‘Umar—I will gird my loins to do thee service.”
  • از خداوند ولی التوفیق در خواستن توفیق رعایت ادب در همه حالها و بیان کردن وخامت ضررهای بی‌‌ادبی‌‌
  • Beseeching the Lord, who is our Helper, to help us to observe self-control in all circumstances, and explaining the harmful and pernicious consequences of indiscipline.
  • از خدا جوییم توفیق ادب ** بی‌‌ادب محروم گشت از لطف رب‌‌
  • Let us implore God to help us to self-control: one who lacks self-control is deprived of the grace of the Lord.
  • بی‌‌ادب تنها نه خود را داشت بد ** بلکه آتش در همه آفاق زد
  • The undisciplined man does not maltreat himself alone, but he sets the whole world on fire.
  • مایده از آسمان در می‌‌رسید ** بی‌‌شری و بیع و بی‌‌گفت و شنید 80
  • A table (of food) was coming down from heaven without buying and selling and without speaking and hearing,
  • در میان قوم موسی چند کس ** بی‌‌ادب گفتند کو سیر و عدس‌‌
  • (When) some of the people of Moses cried disrespectfully, “Where is garlic and lentils?”
  • منقطع شد خوان و نان از آسمان ** ماند رنج زرع و بیل و داسمان‌‌
  • (Straightway) the heavenly bread and dishes (of food) were cut off: there remained for us (their successors) the toil of sowing and (labouring with) mattock and scythe.
  • باز عیسی چون شفاعت کرد، حق ** خوان فرستاد و غنیمت بر طبق‌‌
  • Again, when Jesus made intercession, God sent food and bounty (from heaven) on trays,
  • باز گستاخان ادب بگذاشتند ** چون گدایان زله‌‌ها برداشتند
  • But once more the insolent fellows omitted to show respect and, like beggars, snatched away the viands.
  • لابه کرده عیسی ایشان را که این ** دایم است و کم نگردد از زمین‌‌ 85
  • (Although) Jesus entreated them, saying, “This is lasting and will not fail from off the earth.”
  • بد گمانی کردن و حرص آوری ** کفر باشد پیش خوان مهتری‌‌
  • To show suspicion and greed at the table of Majesty is ingratitude.
  • ز ان گدا رویان نادیده ز آز ** آن در رحمت بر ایشان شد فراز
  • Because of those impudent wretches who were blinded by greed, that gate of mercy was closed upon them.
  • ابر برناید پی منع زکات ** وز زنا افتد وبا اندر جهات‌‌
  • On account of withholding the poor-tax no rain-clouds arise, and in consequence of fornication the plague spreads in all directions.
  • هر چه بر تو آید از ظلمات و غم ** آن ز بی‌‌باکی و گستاخی است هم‌‌
  • Whatever befalls thee of gloom and sorrow is the result of irreverence and insolence withal.
  • هر که بی‌‌باکی کند در راه دوست ** ره زن مردان شد و نامرد اوست‌‌ 90
  • Any one behaving with irreverence in the path of the Friend is a brigand who robs men, and he is no man.
  • از ادب پر نور گشته است این فلک ** وز ادب معصوم و پاک آمد ملک‌‌
  • Through discipline this Heaven has been filled with light, and through discipline the angels became immaculate and holy.
  • بد ز گستاخی کسوف آفتاب ** شد عزازیلی ز جرات رد باب‌‌
  • By reason of irreverence the sun was eclipsed, and insolence caused an ‘Azázíl to be turned back from the door.
  • ملاقات پادشاه با آن ولی که در خوابش نمودند
  • The meeting of the king with the saint whose coming had been shown to him in a dream.