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  • هین دهان بر بند فتنه لب گشاد ** خشک آر الله اعلم بالرشاد
  • Hark, close thy mouth: Mischief has opened its lips. Dry up! God best knoweth the right way.
  • ذکرخیال بد اندیشیدن قاصر فهمان
  • Account of the conception of evil fancies by those deficient in understanding.
  • پیش از آنک این قصه تا مخلص رسد ** دود و گندی آمد از اهل حسد
  • Ere this tale reaches the conclusion, there comes from the envious a vapour of stench.
  • من نمی‌رنجم ازین لیک این لگد ** خاطر ساده‌دلی را پی کند
  • I am not pained by it, but this kick may break the nerve of a simple-hearted man's mind.
  • خوش بیان کرد آن حکیم غزنوی ** بهر محجوبان مثال معنوی
  • Well did the Sage of Ghazna set forth the (following) spiritual parable for the sake of those who are veiled (from perception of the truth),
  • که ز قرآن گر نبیند غیر قال ** این عجب نبود ز اصحاب ضلال 4230
  • (Saying) that if one see in the Qur’án naught but words, this is not surprising on the part of them that have lost the (right) way,
  • کز شعاع آفتاب پر ز نور ** غیر گرمی می‌نیابد چشم کور
  • Since the eye of the blind is sensible of naught but heat from the beams of the luminous sun.
  • خربطی ناگاه از خرخانه‌ای ** سر برون آورد چون طعانه‌ای
  • Suddenly a great booby popped his head out of an ass-stable, like a railing woman,
  • کین سخن پستست یعنی مثنوی ** قصه پیغامبرست و پی‌روی
  • (Saying) that this discourse, namely, the Mathnawí, is low; (that) it is the story of the Prophet and (consists of) imitation;
  • نیست ذکر بحث و اسرار بلند ** که دوانند اولیا آن سو سمند
  • (That) there is no mention of (theosophical) investigation and the sublime mysteries towards which the saints make their steeds gallop;
  • از مقامات تبتل تا فنا ** پایه پایه تا ملاقات خدا 4235
  • (That) from the stations of asceticism to the passing away (from self-existence), step by step up to union with God,