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3146-3195

  • جادوی کردش عجوزه‌ی کابلی ** کی برد زان رشک سحر بابلی
  • An old woman of Kábul—bewitched him with a sorcery of which the magic of Babylon (itself) would be envious.
  • شه بچه شد عاشق کمپیر زشت ** تا عروس و آن عروسی را بهشت
  • The prince fell in love with the ugly hag, so that he abandoned his bride and the wedding.
  • یک سیه دیوی و کابولی زنی ** گشت به شه‌زاده ناگه ره‌زنی
  • A black devil and woman of Kábul suddenly waylaid (seduced) the prince.
  • آن نودساله عجوزی گنده کس ** نه خرد هشت آن ملک را و نه نس
  • That stinking ninety years old hag left to the prince neither wisdom nor understanding. [That ninety years old hag whose vulva is stinking left to the prince neither wisdom nor understanding.]
  • تا به سالی بود شه‌زاده اسیر ** بوسه‌جایش نعل کفش گنده پیر 3150
  • For a (whole) year the prince was captivated: the sole of the hag's shoe was the place where he bestowed his kisses.
  • صحبت کمپیر او را می‌درود ** تا ز کاهش نیم‌جانی مانده بود
  • Association with the hag was mowing (consuming) him, till through wasting away (only) half a spirit remained (in him).
  • دیگران از ضعف وی با درد سر ** او ز سکر سحر از خود بی‌خبر
  • Others had the headache (were sorely grieved) on account of his weakness, (while) he, from the intoxicating effect of the sorcery, was unconscious of himself.
  • این جهان بر شاه چون زندان شده ** وین پسر بر گریه‌شان خندان شده
  • This world had become (as) a prison to the king, while this son (of his) was laughing at their tears.
  • شاه بس بیچاره شد در برد و مات ** روز و شب می‌کرد قربان و زکات
  • The king became exceedingly desperate in the struggle (to save his son): day and night he was offering sacrifice and giving alms (but without avail),
  • زانک هر چاره که می‌کرد آن پدر ** عشق کمپیرک همی‌شد بیشتر 3155
  • For whatever remedy the father might apply, (the son's) love for the old hag would always increase.
  • پس یقین گشتش که مطلق آن سریست ** چاره او را بعد از این لابه گریست
  • Then it became clear to him that that (infatuation) was absolutely a (Divine) mystery, and that thenceforth his (only) remedy was supplication.
  • سجده می‌کرد او که هم فرمان تراست ** غیر حق بر ملک حق فرمان کراست
  • He was prostrating himself in prayer, saying, “It beseems Thee to command: to whom but God belongeth the command over God's kingdom?
  • لیک این مسکین همی‌سوزد چو عود ** دست گیرش ای رحیم و ای ودود
  • But this poor wretch is burning like aloes-wood: take his hand (help him), O Merciful and Loving One!”
  • تا ز یا رب یا رب و افغان شاه ** ساحری استاد پیش آمد ز راه
  • (So did he pray) until, because of the “O Lord! O Lord!” and lamentation of the king, a master-magician came from the road into his presence.
  • مستجاب شدن دعای پادشاه در خلاص پسرش از جادوی کابلی
  • How the king's prayer for the deliverance of his son from the witch of Kábul was granted.
  • او شنیده بود از دور این خبر ** که اسیر پیرزن گشت آن پسر 3160
  • He had heard from afar the news that that boy had been captivated by an old woman,
  • کان عجوزه بود اندر جادوی ** بی‌نظیر و آمن از مثل و دوی
  • A crone who in witchery was unrivalled and secure from likeness and duality.
  • دست بر بالای دستست ای فتی ** در فن و در زور تا ذات خدا
  • Hand is above hand, O youth, in skill and in strength up to the Essence of God.
  • منتهای دستها دست خداست ** بحر بی‌شک منتهای سیلهاست
  • The ultimate end of (all) hands is the Hand of God: the ultimate end of (all) torrents is undoubtedly the sea.
  • هم ازو گیرند مایه ابرها ** هم بدو باشد نهایت سیل را
  • From it the clouds take their origin, and in it too the torrent hath an end.
  • گفت شاهش کین پسر از دست رفت ** گفت اینک آمدم درمان زفت 3165
  • The king said to him, “This boy has passed out of control (has lost his wits).” He (the magician) said, “Look you, I am come as a potent remedy.
  • نیست همتا زال را زین ساحران ** جز من داهی رسیده زان کران
  • None of these sorcerers is equal to the old woman except me, the sagacious one, who have arrived from yonder shore.
  • چون کف موسی به امر کردگار ** نک برآرم من ز سحر او دمار
  • Lo, by command of the Creator, I, like the hand of Moses, will utterly destroy her sorcery;
  • که مرا این علم آمد زان طرف ** نه ز شاگردی سحر مستخف
  • For to me this knowledge hath come from yonder region, not from having been schooled in the sorcery which is held cheap (by the wise).
  • آمدم تا بر گشایم سحر او ** تا نماند شاه‌زاده زردرو
  • I am come to undo her sorcery, so that the prince may not remain pale-faced.
  • سوی گورستان برو وقت سحور ** پهلوی دیوار هست اسپید گور 3170
  • Go to the graveyard at the hour of the meal taken before dawn: beside the wall is a whitened tomb.
  • سوی قبله باز کاو آنجای را ** تا ببینی قدرت و صنع خدا
  • Dig up that place in the direction of the qibla, that thou mayst behold the power and the working of God.”
  • بس درازست این حکایت تو ملول ** زبده را گویم رها کردم فضول
  • This story is very long, and you (O reader) are weary: I will relate the cream (of it), I dismiss what is superfluous.
  • آن گره‌های گران را بر گشاد ** پس ز محنت پور شه را راه داد
  • He (the magician) untied those heavy knots: then he gave to the king's son a way (of escape) from the affliction.
  • آن پسر با خویش آمد شد دوان ** سوی تخت شاه با صد امتحان
  • The boy came to himself and with a hundred tribulations went running towards the throne of the king.
  • سجده کرد و بر زمین می‌زد ذقن ** در بغل کرده پسر تیغ و کفن 3175
  • He made prostration and was beating his chin on the earth: the boy held in his arms a sword and winding-sheet.
  • شاه آیین بست و اهل شهر شاد ** وآن عروس ناامید بی‌مراد
  • The king ordered the city to be decorated, and the citizens and the despairing disappointed bride rejoiced.
  • عالم از سر زنده گشت و پر فروز ** ای عجب آن روز روز امروز روز
  • The (whole) world revived once more and was filled with radiance: (the people said), “Oh, what a wondrous difference between that day (of sorrow) and to-day!”
  • یک عروسی کرد شاه او را چنان ** که جلاب قند بد پیش سگان
  • The king made such a (lavish) wedding-feast for him that sugared julep was (placed) before the dogs.
  • جادوی کمپیر از غصه بمرد ** روی و خوی زشت فا مالک سپرد
  • The old witch died of vexation and gave up her hideous face and (foul) nature to Málik.
  • شاه‌زاده در تعجب مانده بود ** کز من او عقل و نظر چون در ربود 3180
  • The prince was left in amazement: (he said to himself), “How did she rob me of understanding and insight?”
  • نو عروسی دید هم‌چون ماه حسن ** که همی زد بر ملیحان راه حسن
  • He beheld a newly wedded bride like the beauteous moon, who was (as a brigand) infesting the road of beauty (and occupying it) against (all) the (other) fair ones.
  • گشت بیهوش و برو اندر فتاد ** تا سه روز از جسم وی گم شد فاد
  • He became senseless and fell on his face: for three days the heart (consciousness) vanished from his body.
  • سه شبان روز او ز خود بیهوش گشت ** تا که خلق از غشی او پر جوش گشت
  • Three days and nights he became unconscious of himself, so that the people were (sorely) perturbed by his swoon.
  • از گلاب و از علاج آمد به خود ** اندک اندک فهم گشتش نیک و بد
  • By means of rose-water and (other) remedies he came to himself (again): little by little, good and evil were apprehended by him (once more).
  • بعد سالی گفت شاهش در سخن ** کای پسر یاد آر از آن یار کهن 3185
  • After a year the king said to him jokingly in conversation, “O son, bethink thee of that old friend (of thine),
  • یاد آور زان ضجیع و زان فراش ** تا بدین حد بی‌وفا و مر مباش
  • Bethink thee of that bedfellow and that bed: do not be so faithless and harsh!”
  • گفت رو من یافتم دار السرور ** وا رهیدم از چه دار الغرور
  • “Go to!” said he; “I have found the abode of joy, I am delivered from the pit of the abode of delusion.”
  • هم‌چنان باشد چو ممن راه یافت ** سوی نور حق ز ظلمت روی تافت
  • ’Tis even so: when the true believer has found the way towards the Light of God, he averts his face from the darkness (of this world).
  • در بیان آنک شه‌زاده آدمی بچه است خلیفه‌ی خداست پدرش آدم صفی خلیفه‌ی حق مسجود ملایک و آن کمپیر کابلی دنیاست کی آدمی‌بچه را از پدر ببرید به سحر و انبیا و اولیا آن طبیب تدارک کننده
  • Explaining that the prince is Man, the vicegerent of God, and that his father is Adam, the chosen one, the vicegerent of God, he to whom the angels bowed in worship; and that the old hag of Kábul is the World which separated Man from his Father by sorcery, while the prophets and saints are (like) the physician who applied the remedy.
  • ای برادر دانک شه‌زاده توی ** در جهان کهنه زاده از نوی
  • O brother, know that thou art the prince born anew in the old world.
  • کابلی جادو این دنیاست کو ** کرد مردان را اسیر رنگ و بو 3190
  • The witch of Kábul is this World which made men captive to colour and perfume.
  • چون در افکندت دریغ آلوده روذ ** دم به دم می‌خوان و می‌دم قل اعوذ
  • Since she hath cast thee into this polluted stream, continually recite and utter (the words), Say, I take refuge.
  • تا رهی زین جادوی و زین قلق ** استعاذت خواه از رب الفلق
  • In order that thou mayst be delivered from this witchery and this distress, beg of the Lord of the daybreak that thou mayst say “I take refuge.”
  • زان نبی دنیات را سحاره خواند ** کو به افسون خلق را در چه نشاند
  • The Prophet called this world of thine an enchantress because through her spells she lodged mankind in the pit.
  • هین فسون گرم دارد گنده پیر ** کرده شاهان را دم گرمش اسیر
  • Beware! The stinking hag hath hot (potent) spells: her hot breath hath made kings captive.
  • در درون سینه نفاثات اوست ** عقده‌های سحر را اثبات اوست 3195
  • She is the witches who blow (on knots) within (thy) breast: she is the (means of) maintaining the knots of sorcery.