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  • با سلیمان یک به یک وامی‌‌نمود ** از برای عرضه خود را می‌‌ستود 1210
  • Were revealing, one by one, to Solomon, and were praising themselves by way of submitting a request (for his consideration),
  • از تکبر نی و از هستی خویش ** بهر آن تا ره دهد او را به پیش‌‌
  • Not from pride and self-conceit, (but) in order that he might give them access to him.
  • چون بباید برده‌‌ای را خواجه‌‌ای ** عرضه دارد از هنر دیباجه‌‌ای‌‌
  • When a captive wants a lord (to buy him as a slave), he offers a preface (summary account) of his talent;
  • چون که دارد از خریداریش ننگ ** خود کند بیمار و کر و شل و لنگ‌‌
  • (But) when he is ashamed (disgusted) at his buying him, he makes himself out to be sick and deaf and palsied and lame.
  • نوبت هدهد رسید و پیشه‌‌اش ** و آن بیان صنعت و اندیشه‌‌اش‌‌
  • The turn came for the hoopoe and his craft and the explanation of his skill and thoughtfulness.
  • گفت ای شه یک هنر کان کهتر است ** باز گویم گفت کوته بهتر است‌‌ 1215
  • “O king,” said he, “I will declare (only) one talent, which is an inferior one; ’tis better to speak briefly.”
  • گفت بر گو تا کدام است آن هنر ** گفت من آن گه که باشم اوج بر
  • “Tell on,” said Solomon; “let me hear what talent that is.” The hoopoe said, “At the time when I am at the zenith,
  • بنگرم از اوج با چشم یقین ** من ببینم آب در قعر زمین‌‌
  • I gaze from the zenith with the eye of certainty and I see the water at the bottom of the earth,
  • تا کجایست و چه عمق استش چه رنگ ** از چه می‌‌جوشد ز خاکی یا ز سنگ‌‌
  • So that (I know) where it is and what is its depth; what its colour is, whence it gushes forth—from clay or from rock.
  • ای سلیمان بهر لشکرگاه را ** در سفر می‌‌دار این آگاه را
  • O Solomon, for the sake of thine army's camping-place keep this wise one (beside thee) on thy expeditions.”