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1676-1725

  • 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.
  • چشم بسته عقل جسته مولهه  ** مست ترک مدعی از قهقهه 
  • His eyes shut, his reason flown, bewildered, the boastful Turk was intoxicated with guffaws.
  • پس سوم بار از قبا دزدید شاخ  ** که ز خنده‌ش یافت میدان فراخ 
  • Then for the third time he (the tailor) filched a strip from the coat (which he was cutting), since the Turk's laughter gave him ample scope (for his dexterity).
  • چون چهارم بار آن ترک خطا  ** لاغ از آن استا همی‌کرد اقتضا  1705
  • When for the fourth time the Turk of Khitá was demanding a jest from the master(-tailor),
  • رحم آمد بر وی آن استاد را  ** کرد در باقی فن و بیداد را 
  • The master took pity on him and put aside (abandoned) artfulness and injustice.
  • گفت مولع گشت این مفتون درین  ** بی‌خبر کین چه خسارست و غبین 
  • He said (to himself), ‘This infatuated man has a great desire for these (facetious tales), not knowing what a loss and swindle they are (for him).’
  • بوسه‌افشان کرد بر استاد او  ** که بمن بهر خدا افسانه گو 
  • (Nevertheless) he (the Turk) showered kisses on (the face and eyes of) the master, crying, ‘For God's sake tell me a story!’
  • ای فسانه گشته و محو از وجود  ** چند افسانه بخواهی آزمود 
  • O thou who hast become a story and (art) dead to (useful) existence, how long wilt thou wish to make trial of stories?
  • خندمین‌تر از تو هیچ افسانه نیست  ** بر لب گور خراب خویش ایست  1710
  • No story is more laughable than thou (thyself): stand (and meditate) on the edge of thine own ruinous grave!
  • ای فرو رفته به گور جهل و شک  ** چند جویی لاغ و دستان فلک 
  • O thou who hast gone down into the grave of ignorance and doubt, how long wilt thou seek (to hear) the jests and tales of Time?
  • تا بکی نوشی تو عشوه‌ی این جهان  ** که نه عقلت ماند بر قانون نه جان 
  • How long wilt thou listen to the blandishments of this world that leave neither thy mind underanged nor thy spirit?
  • لاغ این چرخ ندیم کرد و مرد  ** آب روی صد هزاران چون تو برد 
  • The jests of Time, this mean and petty boon-companion, have robbed of honour a hundred thousand like thee.
  • می‌درد می‌دوزد این درزی عام  ** جامه‌ی صدسالگان طفل خام 
  • This Universal Tailor is ever tearing and stitching the garments of a hundred travellers silly as children.
  • لاغ او گر باغها را داد داد  ** چون دی آمد داده را بر باد داد  1715
  • If his jests conferred a gift on the orchards (in spring), when December came they (his jests) gave that gift to the winds.
  • پیره‌طفلان شسته پیشش بهر کد  ** تا به سعد و نحس او لاغی کند 
  • The old children sit down beside him to beg that he will jest (and amuse them) by (giving them) fortunes good or bad.
  • گفتن درزی ترک را هی خاموش کی اگر مضاحک دگر گویم قبات تنگ آید 
  • How the tailor said to the Turk, “Hey, hold your tongue: if I tell any more funny stories the coat will be (too) tight for you.”
  • گفت درزی ای طواشی بر گذر  ** وای بر تو گر کنم لاغی دگر 
  • The tailor said, ‘Begone, unmanly fellow! Woe to you if I make another jest;
  • پس قبایت تنگ آید باز پس  ** این کند با خویشتن خود هیچ کس 
  • (For) then, after that, the coat will be (too) tight for you: does any one practice this (fraud) on himself?
  • خنده‌ی چه رمزی ار دانستیی  ** تو به جای خنده خون بگرستیی 
  • What laughter (is this)? If you had an inkling (of the truth), instead of laughing you would weep (tears of) blood.’
  • بیان آنک بی‌کاران و افسانه‌جویان مثل آن ترک‌اند و عالم غرار غدار هم‌چو آن درزی و شهوات و زبان مضاحک گفتن این دنیاست و عمر هم‌چون آن اطلس پیش این درزی جهت قبای بقا و لباس تقوی ساختن 
  • Explaining that the idle folk who wish (to hear) stories are like the Turk, and that the deluding and treacherous World is like the tailor, and that lusts and women are (like) this World's telling laughable jokes, and that Life resembles the piece of satin placed before this Tailor to be made into a coat of eternity and a garment of piety.
  • اطلس عمرت به مقراض شهور  ** برد پاره‌پاره خیاط غرور  1720
  • The Tailor, (who is) Worldly Vanity, takes away the satin of your life, bit by bit, with his scissors, (which are) the months.
  • تو تمنا می‌بری که اختر مدام  ** لاغ کردی سعد بودی بر دوام 
  • You wish that your star might always jest and your happiness continue for ever.
  • سخت می‌تولی ز تربیعات او  ** وز دلال و کینه و آفات او 
  • You are very angry with its quartile aspects and its disdain and enmity and mischiefs;
  • سخت می‌رنجی ز خاموشی او  ** وز نحوس و قبض و کین‌کوشی او 
  • You are very annoyed with its silence and inauspiciousness and severity and its endeavour to show hostility,
  • که چرا زهره‌ی طرب در رقص نیست  ** بر سعود و رقص سعد او مه‌ایست 
  • Saying, ‘Why doesn't the merry Venus dance?’ Do not depend on its good luck and auspicious dance.
  • اخترت گوید که گر افزون کنم  ** لاغ را پس کلیت مغبون کنم  1725
  • Your star says, ‘If I jest any more, I shall cause you to be swindled entirely.’