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1333-1382

  • یک کنیزک یک خری بر خود فکند  ** از وفور شهوت و فرط گزند 
  • Ancilla quaedam ob multam libidinem immodicamque nequitiam asinum super se injecit. [A maidservant (habitually) cast an ass upon herself due to abundant lust and excess (risk) of calamity. ]
  • آن خر نر را بگان خو کرده بود  ** خر جماع آدمی پی برده بود 
  • Asinum ad coitum assuefecerat; asinus ad concubitum hominis viam invenerat. [The male ass was habituated to copulation; the ass had discovered human sexual intercourse.]
  • یک کدویی بود حیلت‌سازه را  ** در نرش کردی پی اندازه را  1335
  • Technarum fabricatrici cucurbita erat, quam veretro ejus affigebat ut servaret modum. [(That) fabricator of devices had a gourd (which) she would put on its male organ, according to (a certain) dimension.]
  • در ذکر کردی کدو را آن عجوز  ** تا رود نیم ذکر وقت سپوز 
  • Cucurbitam peni indiderat illa anus ut trudenti tempore dimidium penis iniret; [That old woman would put the gourd on the penis so that half of the penis would go (into her) at the time of insertion.]
  • گر همه کیر خر اندر وی رود  ** آن رحم و آن روده‌ها ویران شود 
  • Si totum asini veretrum eam iniret, uterus ejus et viscera diruerentur. [If all of the ass’s cock were to go inside her, (her) womb and intestines would be destroyed.]
  • خر همی شد لاغر و خاتون او  ** مانده عاجز کز چه شد این خر چو مو 
  • The ass was becoming lean, and his mistress remained helpless, saying, “Why has this ass become as (thin as) a hair?” She showed the ass to the shoeing-smiths and asked, “What is his ailment of
  • نعل‌بندان را نمود آن خر که چیست  ** علت او که نتیجه‌ش لاغریست 
  • which the result is leanness?”
  • هیچ علت اندرو ظاهر نشد  ** هیچ کس از سر او مخبر نشد  1340
  • No ailment was discerned in him, no one gave information concerning the secret (cause) thereof.
  • در تفحص اندر افتاد او به جد  ** شد تفحص را دمادم مستعد 
  • (Then) she began to investigate in earnest: she became prepared to investigate at every moment.
  • جد را باید که جان بنده بود  ** زانک جد جوینده یابنده بود 
  • The soul must needs be devoted to earnest endeavour, for the earnest seeker will be a finder.
  • چون تفحص کرد از حال اشک  ** دید خفته زیر خر آن نرگسک 
  • Postquam rem asini perscrutata est, ancillulam narcisso similem vidit sub asino cubantem. [When she investigated the ass’s condition, she saw the little narcissus (the maidservant) lying under the ass.]
  • از شکاف در بدید آن حال را  ** بس عجب آمد از آن آن زال را 
  • Through a crack in the door she saw what was going on: the old woman marvelled greatly thereat.
  • خر همی‌گاید کنیزک را چنان  ** که به عقل و رسم مردان با زنان  1345
  • (Vidit) asinum futuentem ancillam sicut viri ratione et more (concumbunt) cum feminis. [(She saw) the ass copulating with the maidservant in the manner that men reasonably and customarily (do) with women.]
  • در حسد شد گفت چون این ممکنست  ** پس نم اولیتر که خر ملک منست 
  • She became envious and said, “Since this is possible, then I have the best right, for the ass is my property.
  • خر مهذب گشته و آموخته  ** خوان نهادست و چراغ افروخته 
  • The ass has been perfectly trained and instructed: the table is laid and the lamp is lighted.”
  • کرد نادیده و در خانه بکوفت  ** کای کنیزک چند خواهی خانه روفت 
  • Feigning to have seen nothing, she knocked at the door of the room (stable), saying, “How long will you be sweeping the room, O maid?”
  • از پی روپوش می‌گفت این سخن  ** کای کنیزک آمدم در باز کن 
  • She spoke these words as a blind (and added), “I have come, O maid: open the door.”
  • کرد خاموش و کنیزک را نگفت  ** راز را از بهر طمع خود نهفت  1350
  • (Then) she became silent and said no more to the maid: she concealed the secret for the sake of her own desire.
  • پس کنیزک جمله آلات فساد  ** کرد پنهان پیش شد در را گشاد 
  • Thereupon the maid hid all the apparatus of iniquity and came forward and opened the door.
  • رو ترش کرد و دو دیده پر ز نم  ** لب فرو مالید یعنی صایمم 
  • She made her face sour and her eyes full of moisture (tears) and rubbed her lips (against each other), meaning to say, “I am fasting.”
  • در کف او نرمه جاروبی که من  ** خانه را می‌روفتم بهر عطن 
  • In her hand was a soft broom, as though to say, “I was sweeping the room in order to clean it.”
  • چونک باع جاروب در را وا گشاد  ** گفت خاتون زیر لب کای اوستاد 
  • When, with the broom (in her hand), she opened the door, the mistress said under her breath, “O crafty one,
  • رو ترش کردی و جاروبی به کف  ** چیست آن خر برگسسته از علف  1355
  • You have made your face sour and (taken) a broom in your hand; what is (the meaning of) the ass having turned away from his fodder?
  • نیم کاره و خشمگین جنبان ذکر  ** ز انتظار تو دو چشمش سوی در 
  • Re semiconfecta, iratus, agitans veretrum: quia te exspectat ideo (sunt) duo oculi ejus ad januam (conversi).” [Half-finished and angry, (its) penis (was still) moving: its (the ass’s) two eyes (were turned) toward the door in expectation of you.”]
  • زیر لب گفت این نهان کرد از کنیز  ** داشتش آن دم چو بی‌جرمان عزیز 
  • This she said under her breath and concealed (her thought) from the maid: at that moment she treated her, like innocent persons, honourably.
  • بعد از آن گفتش که چادر نه به سر  ** رو فلان خانه ز من پیغام بر 
  • Afterwards she said to her, “Put the chádar on your head, go and take a message from me to such and such a house.
  • این چنین گو وین چنین کن وآنچنان  ** مختصر کردم من افسانه‌ی زنان 
  • Say so-and-so and do so-and-so.” I abridge the talk of the women.
  • آنچ مقصودست مغز آن بگیر  ** چون براهش کرد آن زال ستیر  1360
  • Take the gist of what is to the purpose. When the discreet old woman had sent her (the maid) away,
  • بود از مستی شهوت شادمان  ** در فرو بست و همی‌گفت آن زمان 
  • Propter ebrietatem libidinis gaudebat: she shut the door, saying meanwhile, [She was happy from the intoxication of (her) lust: she shut the door, saying meanwhile,]
  • یافتم خلوت زنم از شکر بانگ  ** رسته‌ام از چار دانگ و از دو دانگ 
  • “I have secured privacy, I will shout in thanksgiving: I am delivered from the four dángs and the two dángs.”
  • از طرب گشته بزان زن هزار  ** در شرار شهوت خر بی‌قرار 
  • Gaudio hircus (prurigo) feminae quae in igne libidinis asini inquieta erat mille factus est. [From joy, the woman’s goat (of lust) had become a thousand (-fold); (she became) restless in the sparks of the ass’s lust.]
  • چه بزان که آن شهوت او را بز گرفت  ** بز گرفتن گیج را نبود شگفت 
  • Qualis hircus est ille quem tanta libido ludibrium fecit? Stultum deludi non est mirabile. [What goat (was) that?—for lust took her goat (made a fool of her). The taking of a fool’s goat is not (something) amazing.]
  • میل شهوت کر کند دل را و کور  ** تا نماید خر چو یوسف نار نور  1365
  • Lustful desire makes the heart deaf and blind, so that an ass seems like Joseph, fire (like) light.
  • ای بسا سرمست نار و نارجو  ** خویشتن را نور مطلق داند او 
  • Oh, many a one intoxicated with fire and seeking fire deems himself absolute light.
  • جز مگر بنده‌ی خدا یا جذب حق  ** با رهش آرد بگرداند ورق 
  • (He is lost) unless a (chosen) servant of God, or the pull of God (Himself), lead him into the (right) way and turn over his leaf,
  • تا بداند که آن خیال ناریه  ** در طریقت نیست الا عاریه 
  • So that he may know that the fiery phantom (which he mistook for light) in the Path is but a loan (unreal).
  • زشتها را خوب بنماید شره  ** نیست چون شهوت بتر ز آفتاب ره 
  • (Sensual) cupidity causes foul things to appear fair: among the banes of the Way there is none like lust, none worse.
  • صد هزاران نام خوش را کرد ننگ  ** صد هزاران زیرکان را کرد دنگ  1370
  • It has disgraced a hundred thousand good names, it has stupefied (besotted) a hundred thousand clever men.
  • چون خری را یوسف مصری نمود  ** یوسفی را چون نماید آن جهود 
  • Since it caused an ass to appear (like) Joseph of Egypt, how (in what aspect) will that (miscreant) Jew cause a Joseph to appear?
  • بر تو سرگین را فسونش شهد کرد  ** شهد را خود چون کند وقت نبرد 
  • Its spell made dung seem honey to you: what, forsooth, will it make honey seem at the time of contest?
  • شهوت از خوردن بود کم کن ز خور  ** یا نکاحی کن گریزان شو ز شر 
  • Lust arises from eating and drinking: diminish your food, or marry and (so) flee from wickedness.
  • چون بخوردی می‌کشد سوی حرم  ** دخل را خرجی بباید لاجرم 
  • When you have eaten and drunk (too much), it leads to things forbidden: there must necessarily be some outgoing of income.
  • پس نکاح آمد چو لاحول و لا  ** تا که دیوت نفکند اندر بلا  1375
  • Marriage, then, is like (the exorcism), “There is neither power nor (strength except in God),” lest the Devil cast you into temptation.
  • چون حریص خوردنی زن خواه زود  ** ورنه آمد گربه و دنبه ربود 
  • Since you are fond of eating and drinking, ask a woman (in marriage) at once; else the cat comes and carries off the fat sheep's tail.
  • بار سنگی بر خری که می‌جهد  ** زود بر نه پیش از آن کو بر نهد 
  • Quickly put a heavy load on the shying ass before it lays (a grievous load of sin) upon (you).
  • فعل آتش را نمی‌دانی تو برد  ** گرد آتش با چنین دانش مگرد 
  • (If) you do not know the effect of fire, hold aloof (from it): do not approach the fire with such (little) knowledge (as you have).
  • علم دیگ و آتش ار نبود ترا  ** از شرر نه دیگ ماند نه ابا 
  • If you have no knowledge of the cooking-pot and the fire, neither the pot nor the soup will be spared by the flames.
  • آب حاضر باید و فرهنگ نیز  ** تا پزد آب دیگ سالم در ازیز  1380
  • Water must be there and skill too, in order that the (contents of the) pot may be safely cooked in boiling.
  • چون ندانی دانش آهنگری  ** ریش و مو سوزد چو آنجا بگذری 
  • If you are ignorant of the science of the ironsmith, your beard and hair will be burned when you pass by that place (the forge).
  • در فرو بست آن زن و خر را کشید  ** شادمانه لاجرم کیفر چشید 
  • Femina januam clausit asinumque animo gaudente attraxit: necessario poenam gustavit. [The woman shut the (stable) door and drew the ass (to her) joyfully; necessarily, she tasted the penalty (for her shameful behavior).]