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  • من چه دارم غیر آن صندوق که آن  ** هست مایه‌ی تهمت و پایه‌ی گمان 
  • What do I possess but that chest, which is a source of suspicion and a ground for (evil) surmise?
  • خلق پندارند زر دارم درون  ** داد واگیرند از من زین ظنون 
  • People think I keep gold in it, and because of these (false) opinions charity is withheld from me.
  • صورت صندوق بس زیباست لیک  ** از عروض و سیم و ز خالیست نیک  4485
  • The appearance of the chest is very pleasing, but it is quite empty of goods and silver and gold.
  • چون تن زراق خوب و با وقار  ** اندر آن سله نیابی غیر مار 
  • (’Tis) like the person of a hypocrite, (one who is) handsome and dignified; (but) in the basket you will find nothing except a snake.
  • من برم صندوق را فردا به کو  ** پس بسوزم در میان چارسو 
  • To-morrow I will take the chest into the street and burn it in the midst of the market at the cross-ways,
  • تا ببیند ممن و گبر و جهود  ** که درین صندوق جز لعنت نبود 
  • That true believer and Zoroastrian and Jew may see there was nothing in this chest but (cause for) cursing.”
  • گفت زن هی در گذر ای مرد ازین  ** خورد سوگندان که نکنم جز چنین 
  • “O husband,” cried the woman, “come now, give up this (idea)!” (However), he swore several times that he would do just as he had said.
  • از پگه حمال آورد او چو باد  ** زود آن صندوق بر پشتش نهاد  4490
  • Early (next morning) he (went) like the wind, fetched a porter, and immediately put the chest on his back.
  • اندر آن صندوق قاضی از نکال  ** بانگ می‌زد که ای حمال و ای حمال 
  • (He set off with it, while) the cadi inside the chest shouted in an agony (of terror), “O porter! O porter!”
  • کرد آن حمال راست و چپ نظر  ** کز چه سو در می‌رسد بانک و خبر 
  • The porter looked to the right and the left to see from what direction the shouts and warnings were coming.
  • هاتفست این داعی من ای عجب  ** یا پری‌ام می‌کند پنهان طلب 
  • “I wonder,” said he, “is it a hátif, this voice which is calling me, or is it a peri (jinní) summoning me mysteriously?”
  • چون پیاپی گشت آن آواز و بیش  ** گفت هاتف نیست باز آمد به خویش 
  • When the shouts followed one another in succession and increased, he said, “’Tis not a hátif,” and recovered himself.
  • عاقبت دانست کان بانگ و فغان  ** بد ز صندوق و کسی در وی نهان  4495
  • At last he perceived that the shouts and cries for help came from the chest and that somebody was concealed in it.
  • عاشقی کو در غم معشوق رفت  ** گر چه بیرونست در صندوق رفت 
  • The lover who has fallen passionately in love with an (earthly) object of affection has gone into the chest, though (in appearance) he is outside.
  • عمر در صندوق برد از اندهان  ** جز که صندوقی نبیند از جهان 
  • He has spent (wasted) his life in the chest on account of (worldly) cares: he can see nothing of the world except a chest.
  • آن سری که نیست فوق آسمان  ** از هوس او را در آن صندوق دان 
  • The head that is not (raised) above the sky—know that it is (confined) in that chest by its vain desires.
  • چون ز صندوق بدن بیرون رود  ** او ز گوری سوی گوری می‌شود 
  • When he (such an one) goes forth from the chest of the body, he will (only) go from one tomb to another tomb.
  • این سخن پایان ندارد قاضیش  ** گفت ای حمال و ای صندوق‌کش  4500
  • This topic is endless. The cadi said to him, “O porter, O carrier of the chest,
  • از من آگه کن درون محکمه  ** نایبم را زودتر با این همه 
  • Give news of me to my deputy at the court of justice and acquaint him with all (the details of) this (affair) as quickly as possible,
  • تا خرد این را به زر زین بی‌خرد  ** هم‌چنین بسته به خانه‌ی ما برد 
  • In order that he may buy this (chest) with gold from this witless fellow and take it fastened, just as it is, to my house.”
  • ای خدا بگمار قومی روحمند  ** تا ز صندوق بدنمان وا خرند 
  • O Lord, appoint a spiritually endowed company to redeem us from the chest of the body!
  • خلق را از بند صندوق فسون  ** کی خرد جز انبیا و مرسلون 
  • Who but the prophets and apostles can redeem the people from confinement in the chest of guile?
  • از هزاران یک کسی خوش‌منظرست  ** که بداند کو به صندوق اندرست  4505
  • Among thousands there is (only) one person of comely aspect, who knows that he is inside the chest.
  • او جهان را دیده باشد پیش از آن  ** تا بدان ضد این ضدش گردد عیان 
  • He must formerly have beheld the (spiritual) world, so that by means of that contrary this contrary should be made evident to him.
  • زین سبب که علم ضاله‌ی ممنست  ** عارف ضاله‌ی خودست و موقنست 
  • Because “knowledge is the true believer's lost camel,” he recognises his own lost camel and feels certain (that it is his).
  • آنک هرگز روز نیکو خود ندید  ** او درین ادبار کی خواهد طپید 
  • (But) he that has never seen good fortune, how will he be perturbed in this calamity?
  • یا به طفلی در اسیری اوفتاد  ** یا خود از اول ز مادر بنده زاد 
  • Either he fell into captivity in childhood, or was born a slave at first from his mother's womb.
  • ذوق آزادی ندیده جان او  ** هست صندوق صور میدان او  4510
  • His soul has never known the delight of (spiritual) freedom: the chest of (phenomenal) forms is his arena.
  • دایما محبوس عقلش در صور  ** از قفس اندر قفس دارد گذر 
  • His mind is for ever imprisoned in forms: he (only) passes from cage into cage.
  • منفذش نه از قفس سوی علا  ** در قفس‌ها می‌رود از جا به جا 
  • He has no means of passing beyond the cage (and going) aloft: he goes to and fro into (successive) cages.
  • در نبی ان استطعتم فانفذوا  ** این سخن با جن و انس آمد ز هو 
  • In the Qur’án (is the text), “If ye have the power, pass beyond”: these words came from Him (God) to the Jinn and mankind.
  • گفت منفذ نیست از گردونتان  ** جز به سلطان و به وحی آسمان 
  • He said, “There is no way for you to pass beyond the sky save by (Divine) authority and by inspiration from Heaven.”
  • گر ز صندوقی به صندوقی رود  ** او سمایی نیست صندوقی بود  4515
  • If he (any one) go from chest to chest, he is not of Heaven, he is of the chest (the lower world).
  • فرجه صندوق نو نو مسکرست  ** در نیابد کو به صندوق اندرست 
  • The pleasure of changing his chest (only) stupefies him anew: he does not perceive that he is inside the chest.
  • گر نشد غره بدین صندوق‌ها  ** هم‌چو قاضی جوید اطلاق و رها 
  • If he is not deluded by (all) these chests, he seeks release and deliverance, like the cadi.
  • آنک داند این نشانش آن شناس  ** کو نباشد بی‌فغان و بی‌هراس 
  • Know that the mark of one who apprehends this is his crying for help and being in terror.
  • هم‌چو قاضی باشد او در ارتعاد  ** کی برآید یک دمی از جانش شاد 
  • Like the cadi, he will be quaking (with fear): how should a breath of joy rise from his soul?
  • آمدن نایب قاضی میان بازار و خریداری کردن صندوق را از جوحی الی آخره 
  • The arrival of the cadi's deputy in the bazaar and his purchase of the chest from Júhí, etc.
  • نایب آمد گفت صندوقت به چند  ** گفت نهصد بیشتر زر می‌دهند  4520
  • The deputy arrived and asked, “How much (do you want) for your chest?” “They are offering nine hundred pieces of gold and more,” said he,
  • من نمی‌آیم فروتر از هزار  ** گر خریداری گشا کیسه بیار 
  • “(But) I will not come lower than a thousand: if you intend to buy, open your purse and produce (the money).”
  • گفت شرمی دار ای کوته‌نمد  ** قیمت صندوق خود پیدا بود 
  • He replied, “Have some shame, you in the short felt frock! The value of the chest is self-evident.”
  • گفت بی‌ریت شری خود فاسدیست  ** بیع ما زیر گلیم این راست نیست 
  • He (Júhí) said, “To buy without seeing is an iniquity: our bargain is (being made) in the dark: this is not right.
  • بر گشایم گر نمی‌ارزد مخر  ** تا نباشد بر تو حیفی ای پدر 
  • I will open (it): if it is not worth (the money), don't buy, lest you be defrauded, O father!”
  • گفت ای ستار بر مگشای راز  ** سرببسته می‌خرم با من بساز  4525
  • He (the deputy) said (addressing God), “O Veiler (of faults), do not reveal the secret!” (Then he said to Júhí), “I will buy it with the lid on: come to terms with me.
  • ستر کن تا بر تو ستاری کنند  ** تا نبینی آمنی بر کس مخند 
  • Veil (the faults of others) in order that (the like) veiling may be vouchsafed to you: do not deride any one till you see (yourself in) security.
  • بس درین صندوق چون تو مانده‌اند  ** خوش را اندر بلا بنشانده‌اند 
  • Many like you have been left in this chest and have landed themselves in tribulation.
  • آنچ بر تو خواه آن باشد پسند  ** بر دگر کس آن کن از رنج و گزند 
  • Inflict upon another (only) the pain and injury that you would wish and approve for yourself,
  • زانک بر مرصاد حق واندر کمین  ** می‌دهد پاداش پیش از یوم دین 
  • For God is lying in wait and in ambush, ready to give retribution before the Day of Judgement.
  • آن عظیم العرش عرش او محیط  ** تخت دادش بر همه جانها بسیط  4530
  • All-encompassing is the Throne of Him who is throned in grandeur: over all souls is spread the Throne of His justice.
  • گوشه‌ی عرشش به تو پیوسته است  ** هین مجنبان جز بدین و داد دست 
  • A corner of His throne is touching you: beware, do not move a hand to act impiously or unjustly.
  • تو مراقب باش بر احوال خویش  ** نوش بین در داد و بعد از ظلم نیش 
  • Keep a careful watch over your own behaviour: observe that the honey is (contained) in justice and that after injustice comes the sting.”