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  • نقش در کاغذ چو دید آن کیقباد  ** خیره گشت و جام از دستش فتاد 
  • When the Emperor saw the portrait on the paper, he became distraught and the cup dropped from his hand.
  • پهلوانی را فرستاد آن زمان  ** سوی موصل با سپاه بس گران  3835
  • Immediately he despatched to Mawsil a captain with a very mighty army,
  • که اگر ندهد به تو آن ماه را  ** برکن از بن آن در و درگاه را 
  • Saying, “If he will not give up that moon (beauty) to thee, rase his court and palace to the ground;
  • ور دهد ترکش کن و مه را بیار  ** تا کشم من بر زمین مه در کنار 
  • But if he give her up, leave him alone and bring the moon (hither), that on the earth I may embrace the moon.”
  • پهلوان شد سوی موصل با حشم  ** با هزاران رستم و طبل و علم 
  • The captain set out towards Mawsil with his retinue and with thousands of heroes and drums and banners.
  • چون ملخها بی‌عدد بر گرد کشت  ** قاصد اهلاک اهل شهر گشت 
  • (With an army) like innumerable locusts (gathered) round the crops, he resolved to destroy the inhabitants of the city.
  • هر نواحی منجنیقی از نبرد  ** هم‌چو کوه قاف او بر کار کرد  3840
  • On every side he brought into hostile action a mangonel (ballista) like Mount Qáf.
  • زخم تیر و سنگهای منجنیق  ** تیغها در گرد چون برق از بریق 
  • Wounds (were inflicted) by arrows and by stones from the mangonel; swords (flashed) amidst the dust, like lightning from a lightning-cloud.
  • هفته‌ای کرد این چنین خون‌ریز گرم  ** برج سنگین سست شد چون موم نرم 
  • During a (whole) week he wrought such carnage in hot fight: stone towers became unsteady as soft wax.
  • شاه موصل دید پیگار مهول  ** پس فرستاد از درون پیشش رسول 
  • The King of Mawsil saw the terrible combat: then (at last) he sent an envoy from within (the city) to him (the captain),
  • که چه می‌خواهی ز خون ممنان  ** کشته می‌گردند زین حرب گران 
  • To say, “What do you wish (to obtain) by shedding the blood of true believers? They are being killed in this grievous war.
  • گر مرادت ملک شهر موصلست  ** بی‌چنین خون‌ریز اینت حاصلست  3845
  • If your object is to gain possession of the city of Mawsil, look now, it is achieved without (any more) bloodshed like this.
  • من روم بیرون شهر اینک در آ  ** تا نگیرد خون مظلومان ترا 
  • I will go forth from the city: here it is for you, enter in, lest the blood of the oppressed lay hold of you (and demand vengeance);
  • ور مرادت مال و زر و گوهرست  ** این ز ملک شهر خود آسان‌ترست 
  • And if your object is riches and gold and jewels, this is even more easy than to take possession of the city.”
  • ایثار کردن صاحب موصل آن کنیزک را بدین خلیفه تا خون‌ریز مسلمانان بیشتر نشود 
  • How the lord of Mawsil surrendered the girl to the Caliph in order that there might be no more shedding of Moslem blood.
  • چون رسول آمد به پیش پهلوان  ** داد کاغذ اندرو نقش و نشان 
  • When the envoy came to the captain, he (the captain) gave him the paper on which the features (of the girl) were depicted,
  • بنگر اندر کاغذ این را طالبم  ** هین بده ورنه کنون من غالبم 
  • (Saying), “Look on the paper: this (is what) I require. Hark, give (her up), or else (I will take her by force, for) I am the conqueror.”
  • چون رسول آمد بگفت آن شاه نر  ** صورتی کم گیر زود این را ببر  3850
  • On the return of the envoy, that manly King said, “Take no account of a (mere) form, lead her away at once.
  • من نیم در عهد ایمان بت‌پرست  ** بت بر آن بت‌پرست اولیترست 
  • I am not an idolater in the epoch of the true Faith: ’tis more fit that the idol should be in the hands of the idolater.”
  • چونک آوردش رسول آن پهلوان  ** گشت عاشق بر جمالش آن زمان 
  • When the envoy brought her (to him), the captain straightway fell in love with her beauty.
  • عشق بحری آسمان بر وی کفی  ** چون زلیخا در هوای یوسفی 
  • Love is an (infinite) ocean, on which the heavens are (but) a flake of foam: (they are distraught) like Zalíkhá in desire for a Joseph.
  • دور گردونها ز موج عشق دان  ** گر نبودی عشق بفسردی جهان 
  • Know that the wheeling heavens are turned by waves of Love: were it not for Love, the world would be frozen (inanimate).
  • کی جمادی محو گشتی در نبات  ** کی فدای روح گشتی نامیات  3855
  • How would an inorganic thing disappear (by change) into a plant? How would vegetive things sacrifice themselves to become (endowed with) spirit?
  • روح کی گشتی فدای آن دمی  ** کز نسیمش حامله شد مریمی 
  • How would the spirit sacrifice itself for the sake of that Breath by the waft whereof a Mary was made pregnant?
  • هر یکی بر جا ترنجیدی چو یخ  ** کی بدی پران و جویان چون ملخ 
  • Each one (of them) would be (as) stiff and immovable as ice: how should they be flying and seeking like locusts?
  • ذره ذره عاشقان آن کمال  ** می‌شتابد در علو هم‌چون نهال 
  • Every mote is in love with that Perfection and hastening upward like a sapling.
  • سبح لله هست اشتابشان  ** تنقیه‌ی تن می‌کنند از بهر جان 
  • Their haste is (saying implicitly) “Glory to God!” They are purifying the body for the sake of the spirit.
  • پهلوان چه را چو ره پنداشته  ** شوره‌اش خوش آمده حب کاشته  3860
  • The captain deemed (what was really) a pit to be like a (safe) road: to him the sterile soil appeared goodly, (so) he sowed seed (in it).
  • چون خیالی دید آن خفته به خواب  ** جفت شد با آن و از وی رفت آب 
  • Dormiens cum simulacrum (amatae) in somnio videret, cum eo coivit et aqua (seminis) effusa est. [When the sleeper saw an image (of her) in a dream, he coupled with it and (seminal) fluid flowed from him.]
  • چون برفت آن خواب و شد بیدار زود  ** دید که آن لعبت به بیداری نبود 
  • Postquam somnium abscessit et ipse extemplo experrectus est, sensit illam pupam sibi jam vigilanti coram non adesse. [When the dream departed and he woke up at once, he saw that that doll was not (present) in wakefulness.]
  • گفت بر هیچ آب خود بردم دریغ  ** عشوه‌ی آن عشوه‌ده خوردم دریغ 
  • Dixit: “Eheu, aquam meam nihilo ingessi; eheu, dolosi illius (simulacri) dolum expertus sum.” [He said: “Alas! I have borne my fluid (sperm) for nothing. Alas! I have swallowed the coquetry of that artful schemer (image).]
  • پهلوان تن بد آن مردی نداشت  ** تخم مردی در چنان ریگی بکاشت 
  • Fuit ille dux (nonnisi) corporis imperator, revera vir non fuit: virilatis semen in ejusmodi arena sevit. [That one was a captain of the body (only), he lacked (true) manliness: he sowed the seed of manliness in such (a place of) sand.]
  • مرکب عشقش دریده صد لگام  ** نعره می‌زد لا ابالی بالحمام  3865
  • The steed of his love tore up a hundred bridles: he (the captain) was shouting, “I care naught for death.
  • ایش ابالی بالخلیفه فی‌الهوی  ** استوی عندی وجودی والتوی 
  • What should I care about the Caliph? (Since I am) in love, my life and death are the same to me.”
  • این چنین سوزان و گرم آخر مکار  ** مشورت کن با یکی خاوندگار 
  • Prithee, do not sow with such ardour and heat: take counsel with a (spiritual) master.
  • مشورت کو عقل کو سیلاب آز  ** در خرابی کرد ناخنها دراز 
  • (But) where is counsel, where is reason, (when) the torrent of cupidity has extended its talons to destroy (them)?
  • بین ایدی سد و سوی خلف سد  ** پیش و پس کم بیند آن مفتون خد 
  • A barrier in front and a barrier behind; (but) he that is fascinated by a (lovely) cheek does not see (what is) before or behind.
  • آمده در قصدجان سیل سیاه  ** تا که روبه افکند شیری به چاه  3870
  • The black torrent comes to take his life, so that a fox may hurl a lion into the well (of destruction).
  • از چهی بنموده معدومی خیال  ** تا در اندازد اسودا کالجبال 
  • Something (materially) non-existent causes a phantom to appear in a well, in order that it (the phantom) may cast into it lions (strong) as mountains.
  • هیچ‌کس را با زنان محرم مدار  ** که مثال این دو پنبه‌ست و شرار 
  • Do not have any one intimate with thy womenfolk, for these two (the man and the woman) may be compared to cotton and sparks of fire.
  • آتشی باید بشسته ز آب حق  ** هم‌چو یوسف معتصم اندر زهق 
  • It needs a fire quenched by God's water, one that like Joseph holds fast (to God) in (the hour of) evil temptation,
  • کز زلیخای لطیف سروقد  ** هم‌چو شیران خویشتن را واکشد 
  • To withdraw itself (bravely) as lions from a charming Zalíkhá tall and slender as a cypress.
  • بازگشت از موصل و می‌شد به راه  ** تا فرود آمد به بیشه و مرج‌گاه  3875
  • He (the captain) turned back from Mawsil and went on his way till he encamped in a wooded meadowland.
  • آتش عشقش فروزان آن چنان  ** که نداند او زمین از آسمان 
  • The fire of his love was blazing in such wise that he could not distinguish earth from heaven.
  • قصد آن مه کرد اندر خیمه او  ** عقل کو و از خلیفه خوف کو 
  • He sought to embrace that moon (beauty) in her tent: where (at that time) was his reason and his dread of the Caliph?
  • چون زند شهوت درین وادی دهل  ** چیست عقل تو فجل ابن الفجل 
  • When lust beats the drum (of victory) in this vale, what is thy reason? A (worthless) radish and the son of a radish.
  • صد خلیفه گشته کمتر از مگس  ** پیش چشم آتشینش آن نفس 
  • To his fiery eye a hundred Caliphs seemed at that moment less than a gnat.
  • چون برون انداخت شلوار و نشست  ** در میان پای زن آن زن‌پرست  3880
  • Postquam ille feminarum cultor bracas exuit et inter crura mulieris recubavit, [When that adorer of women threw off (his) trousers and sat between the woman’s legs,]
  • چون ذکر سوی مقر می‌رفت راست  ** رستخیز و غلغل از لشکر بخاست 
  • Quo tempore penis ejus ad sedem suam recte ibat, tumultus ingens et clamor militum exortus est. [When (his) penis went straight toward (her) seat (buttocks), a commotion and outcry arose from the army.]
  • برجهید و کون‌برهنه سوی صف  ** ذوالفقاری هم‌چو آتش او به کف 
  • Exsiliit et nudo podice in aciem (currebat), grasping a (flashing) scimitar in his hand. [He jumped up (and ran) naked of buttocks to the (army) ranks, grasping a fiery (flashing) scimitar in his hand.]
  • دید شیر نر سیه از نیستان  ** بر زده بر قلب لشکر ناگهان 
  • He saw that a fierce black lion from the jungle had suddenly rushed upon the centre of the army;