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1653-1702

  • قصه‌ی پاره‌ربایی در برین  ** می حکایت کرد او با آن و این 
  • To that one and this one he would relate tales of their snatching (stealing) pieces of cloth while cutting it,
  • در سمر می‌خواند دزدی‌نامه‌ای  ** گرد او جمع آمده هنگامه‌ای 
  • And during the night-talk he would read aloud a book on (the tricks of) tailors, when a throng had gathered round him.
  • مستمع چون یافت جاذب زان وفود  ** جمله اجزااش حکایت گشته بود  1655
  • Since he found eager listeners among those who came (to hear him), all parts of him had become the story (that he was telling).
  • قال النبی علیه السلام ان الله تعالی یلقن الحکمة علی لسان الواعظین بقدر همم المستمعین 
  • The Prophet, on whom be peace, said, ‘Verily God teaches wisdom by the tongues of the preachers according to the measure of the aspirations of those who hear them.’
  • جذب سمعست ار کسی را خوش لبیست  ** گرمی و جد معلم از صبیست 
  • If any one have suave eloquence, hearing draws it out: the teacher's enthusiasm and energy are (derived) from the boy (whom he teaches).
  • چنگیی را کو نوازد بیست و چار  ** چون نیابد گوش گردد چنگ بار 
  • When the harpist who plays the four-and-twenty (musical modes) finds no ear (to listen), his harp becomes a burden;
  • نه حراره یادش آید نه غزل  ** نه ده انگشتش بجنبد در عمل 
  • Neither ditty nor ode comes into his memory: his ten fingers will not get to work.
  • گر نبودی گوشهای غیب‌گیر  ** وحی ناوردی ز گردون یک بشیر 
  • If there were no ears to receive (the message from) the Unseen, no announcer (prophet) would have brought a Revelation from Heaven;
  • ور نبودی دیده‌های صنع‌بین  ** نه فلک گشتی نه خندیدی زمین  1660
  • And if there were no eyes to see the works of God, neither would the sky have revolved nor would the earth have smiled (been gay with verdure).
  • آن دم لولاک این باشد که کار  ** از برای چشم تیزست و نظار 
  • The declaration lawláka (but for thee) means this, that the (whole) affair (of creation) is for the sake of the piercing eye and the seer.
  • عامه را از عشق هم‌خوابه و طبق  ** کی بود پروای عشق صنع حق 
  • How should the vulgar, in their love for bedfellow and dishes (of food), have any care for love of God's work?
  • آب تتماجی نریزی در تغار  ** تا سگی چندی نباشد طعمه‌خوار 
  • You do not pour tutmáj broth into a trough till there are a number of greedy dogs to drink it.
  • رو سگ کهف خداوندیش باش  ** تا رهاند زین تغارت اصطفاش 
  • Go, be the Cave-dog of His Lordship in order that His election (of you) may deliver you from this trough.
  • چونک دزدیهای بی‌رحمانه گفت  ** کی کنند آن درزیان اندر نهفت  1665
  • When he (the story-teller) related the pitiless thefts which those tailors commit in secret,
  • اندر آن هنگامه ترکی از خطا  ** سخت طیره شد ز کشف آن غطا 
  • A Turk from Khitá (who was) amongst the crowd (audience) was exceedingly annoyed by that exposure.
  • شب چو روز رستخیز آن رازها  ** کشف می‌کرد از پی اهل نهی 
  • At night-time he (the story-teller) was exposing those secrets (of the tailors) for the benefit of the intelligent (listeners), as (plainly as secrets shall be exposed) on the Day of Resurrection.
  • هر کجا آیی تو در جنگی فراز  ** بینی آنجا دو عدو در کشف راز 
  • Wherever you come to close quarters with a wrangle, you will see there two enemies (engaged) in exposing (each other's) secret.
  • آن زمان را محشر مذکور دان  ** وان گلوی رازگو را صور دان 
  • Know that that hour (of quarrel) is (like) the (hour of the) Last Judgement mentioned (in the Qur’án), and know that the throat which tells the secret is (like) the trumpet (of Isráfíl);
  • که خدا اسباب خشمی ساختست  ** وآن فضایح را بکوی انداختست  1670
  • 1670 For God hath provided the motives of anger and (thus) hath caused those shameful things to be divulged.
  • بس که غدر درزیان را ذکر کرد  ** حیف آمد ترک را و خشم و درد 
  • When he (the story-teller) had related many instances of the perfidy of tailors, the Turk became annoyed and angry and aggrieved,
  • گفت ای قصاص در شهر شما  ** کیست استاتر درین مکر و دغا 
  • And said, ‘O story-teller, in your city who is the greatest expert in this (kind of) deceit and fraud?’
  • دعوی کردن ترک و گرو بستن او کی درزی از من چیزی نتواند بردن 
  • [How the Turk boasted and wagered that the tailor would not be able to steal anything from him.]
  • گفت خیاطیست نامش پور شش  ** اندرین چستی و دزدی خلق‌کش 
  • He replied, ‘There is a tailor named Púr-i Shush who beats (all other) folk in light-fingeredness and thievery.’
  • گفت من ضامن که با صد اضطراب  ** او نیارد برد پیشم رشته‌تاب 
  • ‘I warrant,’ said he (the Turk), ‘that (even) with a hundred efforts he will not be able to take away a coil of thread in my presence.’
  • پس بگفتندش که از تو چست‌تر  ** مات او گشتند در دعوی مپر  1675
  • Then they told him, ‘Cleverer persons than you have been checkmated by him: do not soar (too high) in your pretensions.
  • رو به عقل خود چنین غره مباش  ** که شوی یاوه تو در تزویرهاش 
  • Go to, be not so deluded by your intelligence, else you will be lost in his wiles.’
  • گرم‌تر شد ترک و بست آنجا گرو  ** که نیارد برد نی کهنه نی نو 
  • The Turk became (still) hotter and made a wager there (and then) that he (the tailor) would not be able to rob (him of anything) either old or new.
  • مطمعانش گرم‌تر کردند زود  ** او گرو بست و رهان را بر گشود 
  • Those who excited his desire made him hotter (than before): immediately he wagered and declared the stakes,
  • که گرو این مرکب تازی من  ** بدهم ار دزدد قماشم او به فن 
  • Saying, ‘I will pay this Arab horse of mine as a forfeit if he artfully steals my stuff;
  • ور نتواند برد اسپی از شما  ** وا ستانم بهر رهن مبتدا  1680
  • And if he cannot rob (me) I shall receive a horse from you (as an equivalent) for the first stake.’
  • ترک را آن شب نبرد از غصه خواب  ** با خیال دزد می‌کرد او حراب 
  • Because of his anxiety sleep did not overcome the Turk (all) that night: he was fighting with the phantom of the thief.
  • بامدادان اطلسی زد در بغل  ** شد به بازار و دکان آن دغل 
  • In the morning he put a piece of satin under his arm, went to the bazaar, and (entered) the shop of that cunning rogue.
  • پس سلامش کرد گرم و اوستاد  ** جست از جا لب به ترحیبش گشاد 
  • Then he saluted him warmly, and the master(-tailor) sprang up from his seat and opened his lips to bid him welcome.
  • گرم پرسیدش ز حد ترک بیش  ** تا فکند اندر دل او مهر خویش 
  • He inquired (after his health, etc.) with a cordiality exceeding (what was due to) the Turk's (social) rank, so that he planted in his (the Turk's) heart (feelings of) affection for him.
  • چون بدید از وی نوای بلبلی  ** پیشش افکند اطلس استنبلی  1685
  • When he (the Turk) heard from him a song like the nightingale's, he threw down before him the piece of Stamboul satin,
  • که ببر این را قبای روز جنگ  ** زیر نافم واسع و بالاش تنگ 
  • Saying, ‘Cut this into a coat for the day of battle: (let it be) wide below my navel and tight above it—
  • تنگ بالا بهر جسم‌آرای را  ** زیر واسع تا نگیرد پای را 
  • Tight above, to show off my body (figure); wide below, so as not to hamper my legs.’
  • گفت صد خدمت کنم ای ذو وداد  ** در قبولش دست بر دیده نهاد 
  • He replied, ‘O kindly man, I will do (you) a hundred services,’ and in (token of) accepting it (the commission) he laid his hand upon his eye.
  • پس بپیمود و بدید او روی کار  ** بعد از آن بگشاد لب را در فشار 
  • Then he measured (the satin) and inspected the working surface (of it) and, after that, opened his lips in idle chat.
  • از حکایتهای میران دگر  ** وز کرمها و عطاء آن نفر  1690
  • Of stories about other Amírs and of the bounties and gifts of those persons
  • وز بخیلان و ز تحشیراتشان  ** از برای خنده هم داد او نشان 
  • And about the misers and their (mean) economies—(of all this) he gave a sample for the purpose of (exciting) laughter.
  • هم‌چو آتش کرد مقراضی برون  ** می‌برید و لب پر افسانه و فسون 
  • In a flash he whipped out a pair of scissors and went on cutting while his lips were full of tales and beguiling talk.
  • مضاحک گفتن درزی و ترک را از قوت خنده بسته شدن دو چشم تنگ او و فرصت یافتن درزی 
  • How the tailor told laughable jests, and how the narrow eyes of the Turk were closed by the violence of his laughter, and how the tailor found an opportunity (to steal).
  • ترک خندیدن گرفت از داستان  ** چشم تنگش گشت بسته آن زمان 
  • The Turk began to laugh at the stories, and at that moment his narrow eyes closed.
  • پاره‌ای دزدید و کردش زیر ران  ** از جز حق از همه احیا نهان 
  • He (the tailor) filched a shred (of satin) and put it under his thigh, (where it was) hidden from all living beings except God.
  • حق همی‌دید آن ولی ستارخوست  ** لیک چون از حد بری غماز اوست  1695
  • God saw it, but He is disposed to cover up (sins); yet when you carry (them) beyond bounds He is a tell-tale.
  • ترک را از لذت افسانه‌اش  ** رفت از دل دعوی پیشانه‌اش 
  • From his delight in his (the tailor's) anecdotes the Turk's former boast went out of his head.
  • اطلس چه دعوی چه رهن چه  ** ترک سرمستست در لاغ اچی 
  • What satin? What boast? What wager? The Turk is intoxicated with the jokes of the pasha.
  • لابه کردش ترک کز بهر خدا  ** لاغ می‌گو که مرا شد مغتذا 
  • The Turk implored him, crying, ‘For God's sake go on telling jokes, for they are meat to me.’
  • گفت لاغی خندمینی آن دغا  ** که فتاد از قهقهه او بر قفا 
  • (Then) the rascal told such a ridiculous story that he (the Turk) fell on his back in an explosion of laughter.
  • پاره‌ای اطلس سبک بر نیفه زد  ** ترک غافل خوش مضاحک می‌مزد  1700
  • He (the tailor) swiftly clapped a shred of satin to the hem of his under-breeches, while the Turk was paying no attention and greedily sucking in (absorbing) the jests.
  • هم‌چنین بار سوم ترک خطا  ** گفت لاغی گوی از بهر خدا 
  • Still (continuing his entreaties), the Turk of Khitá said for the third time, ‘Tell me a joke for God's sake!’
  • گفت لاغی خندمین‌تر زان دو بار  ** کرد او این ترک را کلی شکار 
  • He (the tailor) told a story more laughable than (those which he had related) on the two previous occasions, and made this Turk entirely his prey.