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  • زن از این گونه خشن گفتارها ** خواند بر شوی جوان طومارها
  • Rough speeches of this sort, (whole) volumes, the woman recited to her youthful husband.
  • نصیحت کردن مرد مر زن را که در فقیران به خواری منگر و در کار حق به گمان کمال نگر و طعنه مزن بر فقر و فقیران به خیال و گمان بی‌‌نوایی خویشتن‌‌
  • How the man counselled his wife, saying, “Do not look with contempt on the poor, but regard the work of God as perfect, and do not let thy vain thought and opinion of thine own penury cause thee to sneer at poverty and revile the poor.”
  • گفت ای زن تو زنی یا بو الحزن ** فقر فخر آمد مرا بر سر مزن‌‌
  • “O woman,” said he, “art thou a woman or the father of sorrow? Poverty is (my) pride, and do not thou beat me on the head (lash me with thy reproaches).
  • مال و زر سر را بود همچون کلاه ** کل بود او کز کله سازد پناه‌‌
  • Wealth and gold are as a cap to the head: ’tis the bald man that makes a shelter of his cap,
  • آن که زلف جعد و رعنا باشدش ** چون کلاهش رفت خوشتر آیدش‌‌
  • (But) he that has curly and beautiful locks is happier when his cap is gone.
  • مرد حق باشد به مانند بصر ** پس برهنه‌‌ش به که پوشیده نظر 2345
  • The man of God (the saint) resembles the eye: therefore (his) sight is better bare (unveiled) than covered.
  • وقت عرضه کردن آن برده فروش ** بر کند از بنده جامه‌‌ی عیب پوش‌‌
  • When a slave-dealer offers (slaves) for sale, he removes from the (sound) slave the garment that hides defects.
  • ور بود عیبی برهنه کی کند ** بل به جامه خدعه‌‌ای با وی کند
  • But if there be any defect, how should he strip him? Nay, he tricks him (the purchaser) by means of the garment.
  • گوید این شرمنده است از نیک و بد ** از برهنه کردن او از تو رمد
  • ‘This one,’ says he, ‘is ashamed of good and evil: stripping him would cause him to run away from thee.’
  • خواجه در عیب است غرقه تا به گوش ** خواجه را مال است و مالش عیب پوش‌‌
  • The (rich) merchant is plunged in vice up to the ears, (but) the merchant has money, and his money covers his vice,
  • کز طمع عیبش نبیند طامعی ** گشت دلها را طمعها جامعی‌‌ 2350
  • For because of cupidity none that is covetous sees his vice: feelings of cupidity are a bond uniting (men's) hearts;