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  • جان و دل را طاقت آن جوش نیست ** با که گویم در جهان یک گوش نیست‌‌
  • Soul and heart cannot endure that ferment: to whom shall I speak? There is not in the world a single ear (capable of apprehension).
  • هر کجا گوشی بد از وی چشم گشت ** هر کجا سنگی بد از وی یشم گشت‌‌ 515
  • Wherever there was an ear, through Him it became an eye; wherever there was a stone, through Him it became a jasper.
  • کیمیا ساز است چه بود کیمیا ** معجزه بخش است چه بود سیمیا
  • He is the Maker of the elixir—what is alchemy (compared with His action)? He is a giver of miracles (to prophets)—what is magic (compared with these miracles)?
  • این ثنا گفتن ز من ترک ثناست ** کین دلیل هستی و هستی خطاست‌‌
  • This uttering of praise (to Him) is (really) the omission of praise on my part, for this (praise) is a proof of (my) being, and being is a sin.
  • پیش هست او بباید نیست بود ** چیست هستی پیش او کور و کبود
  • It behoves (us) to be not-being in the presence of His Being: in His presence what is (our) being? Blind and blue.
  • گر نبودی کور از او بگداختی ** گرمی خورشید را بشناختی‌‌
  • Were it not blind it would have been melted (consumed) by Him: it would have known the heat of (the Divine) sun;
  • ور نبودی او کبود از تعزیت ** کی فسردی همچو یخ این ناحیت‌‌ 520
  • And were it not blue from mourning, how would this region (of phenomenal existence) have (remained) frozen like ice?
  • بیان خسارت وزیر در این مکر
  • Setting forth how the vizier incurred perdition (by engaging) in this plot.
  • همچو شه نادان و غافل بد وزیر ** پنجه می‌‌زد با قدیم ناگزیر
  • The vizier was ignorant and heedless, like the (Jewish) king: he was wrestling with the eternal and inevitable,
  • با چنان قادر خدایی کز عدم ** صد چو عالم هست گرداند به دم‌‌
  • With a God so mighty that in a moment He causes a hundred worlds like ours to come into existence from non-existence:
  • صد چو عالم در نظر پیدا کند ** چون که چشمت را به خود بینا کند
  • A hundred worlds like ours He displays to the sight, when He makes your eye seeing by (the light of) Himself.
  • گر جهان پیشت بزرگ و بی‌‌بنی است ** پیش قدرت ذره ای می‌‌دان که نیست‌‌
  • If the world appears to you vast and bottomless, know that to Omnipotence it is not (so much as) an atom.
  • این جهان خود حبس جانهای شماست‌‌ ** هین روید آن سو که صحرای شماست 525
  • This world, indeed, is the prison of your souls: oh, go in yonder direction, for there lies your open country.
  • این جهان محدود و آن خود بی‌‌حد ** استنقش و صورت پیش آن معنی سد است‌‌
  • This world is finite, and truly that (other) is infinite: image and form are a barrier to that Reality.
  • صد هزاران نیزه‌‌ی فرعون را ** در شکست از موسیی با یک عصا
  • The myriads of Pharaoh's lances were shattered by (the hand of) Moses (armed) with a single staff.
  • صد هزاران طب جالینوس بود ** پیش عیسی و دمش افسوس بود
  • Myriads were the therapeutic arts of Galen: before Jesus and his (life-giving) breath they were a laughing-stock.
  • صد هزاران دفتر اشعار بود ** پیش حرف امیی آن عار بود
  • Myriads were the books of (pre-Islamic) poems: at the word of an illiterate (prophet) they were (put to) shame.
  • با چنین غالب خداوندی کسی ** چون نمیرد گر نباشد او خسی‌‌ 530
  • (Confronted) with such an all-conquering Lord, how should any one not die (to self), unless he be a vile wretch?
  • بس دل چون کوه را انگیخت او ** مرغ زیرک با دو پا آویخت او
  • Many a mind (strong and firm) as a mountain did He uproot; the cunning bird He hung up by its two feet.
  • فهم و خاطر تیز کردن نیست راه ** جز شکسته می‌‌نگیرد فضل شاه‌‌
  • To sharpen the intelligence and wits is not the (right) way: none but the broken (in spirit) wins the favour of the King.
  • ای بسا گنج آگنان کنج کاو ** کان خیال اندیش را شد ریش گاو
  • Oh, many the amassers of treasure, digging holes (in search of treasure), who became an ox's beard (dupe) to that vain schemer (the vizier)!
  • گاو که بود تا تو ریش او شوی ** خاک چه بود تا حشیش او شوی‌‌
  • Who is the ox that you should become his beard? What is earth that you should become its stubble?
  • چون زنی از کار بد شد روی زرد ** مسخ کرد او را خدا و زهره کرد 535
  • When a woman became pale-faced (ashamed) of (her) wickedness, God metamorphosed her and made her Zuhra (the planet Venus).
  • عورتی را زهره کردن مسخ بود ** خاک و گل گشتن نه مسخ است ای عنود
  • To make a woman Zuhra was metamorphosis: is it not metamorphosis to become earth and clay, O contumacious one?
  • روح می‌‌بردت سوی چرخ برین ** سوی آب و گل شدی در اسفلین‌‌
  • Your spirit was bearing you towards the highest sphere (of heaven): you went towards the water and the clay amongst the lowest (of the low).
  • خویشتن را مسخ کردی زین سفول ** ز آن وجودی که بد آن رشک عقول‌‌
  • By this fall you metamorphosed yourself from that (state of) existence which was the envy of the (spiritual) intelligences.
  • پس ببین کین مسخ کردن چون بود ** پیش آن مسخ این به غایت دون بود
  • Consider, then, how is (what is the character of) this metamorphosis: compared with that metamorphosis (of the woman) this (which you have suffered) is exceedingly vile.
  • اسب همت سوی اختر تاختی ** آدم مسجود را نشناختی‌‌ 540
  • You urged the steed of ambition towards the stars: you did not acknowledge Adam who was worshipped (by the angels).
  • آخر آدم زاده‌‌ای ای ناخلف ** چند پنداری تو پستی را شرف‌‌
  • After all, you are a son of Adam. O degenerate! how long will you regard lowness as nobility?
  • چند گویی من بگیرم عالمی ** این جهان را پر کنم از خود همی‌‌
  • How long will you say, “I will conquer a whole world, I will make this world full of myself”?
  • گر جهان پر برف گردد سربه‌‌سر ** تاب خور بگدازدش با یک نظر
  • If the world should be filled with snow from end to end, the glow of the sun would melt it with a single look.
  • وزر او و صد وزیر و صد هزار ** نیست گرداند خدا از یک شرار
  • God by a single spark (of His mercy) maketh naught his (the vizier's) burden (of sin) and (the burden) of a hundred viziers and a hundred thousand.
  • عین آن تخییل را حکمت کند ** عین آن زهر آب را شربت کند 545
  • He maketh the essence of that (false) imagination to be wisdom; He maketh the essence of that poisoned water to be a (wholesome) drink.
  • آن گمان انگیز را سازد یقین ** مهرها رویاند از اسباب کین‌‌
  • That which raises doubt He turneth into certainty; He maketh loving kindnesses grow from the causes of hatred.
  • پرورد در آتش ابراهیم را ** ایمنی روح سازد بیم را
  • He cherisheth Abraham in the fire; He turneth fear into security of spirit.
  • از سبب سوزیش من سودایی‌‌ام ** در خیالاتش چو سوفسطایی‌‌ام‌‌
  • By His burning (destroying) of secondary causes I am distraught; in (my) fancies of Him I am like a sophist (sceptic or agnostic).
  • مکر دیگر انگیختن وزیر در اضلال قوم
  • How the vizier started another plan to mislead the (Christian) folk.
  • مکر دیگر آن وزیر از خود ببست ** وعظ را بگذاشت و در خلوت نشست‌‌
  • The vizier formed in his mind another plan: he abandoned preaching and sat alone in seclusion.
  • در مریدان در فکند از شوق سوز ** بود در خلوت چهل پنجاه روز 550
  • He inspired ardour in his disciples from (their) longing (to see him); he remained in seclusion forty or fifty days.
  • خلق دیوانه شدند از شوق او ** از فراق حال و قال و ذوق او
  • The people became mad from longing for him and on account of being separated from his (spiritual) feeling and discourse and intuition.
  • لابه و زاری همی‌‌کردند و او ** از ریاضت گشته در خلوت دو تو
  • They were making supplication and lament, while he in solitude was bent double by austerities.
  • گفته ایشان نیست ما را بی‌‌تو نور ** بی‌‌عصا کش چون بود احوال کور
  • They said, “Without thee we have no light: how (what) is the state of a blind man without a leader?
  • از سر اکرام و از بهر خدا ** بیش از این ما را مدار از خود جدا
  • By way of showing favour (to us) and for God's sake, do not keep us parted from thee any longer.
  • ما چو طفلانیم و ما را دایه تو ** بر سر ما گستران آن سایه تو 555
  • We are as children and thou art our nurse: do thou spread over us that shadow (of thy protection).”
  • گفت جانم از محبان دور نیست ** لیک بیرون آمدن دستور نیست‌‌
  • He said, “My soul is not far from them that love (me), but there is no permission to come forth.”
  • آن امیران در شفاعت آمدند ** و آن مریدان در شناعت آمدند
  • Those amírs came for intercession, and the disciples came in reproach,
  • کاین چه بد بختی است ما را ای کریم ** از دل و دین مانده ما بی‌‌تو یتیم‌‌
  • Saying, “O noble sir, what a misfortune is this for us! Without thee we are left orphaned (deprived) of our hearts and our religion.
  • تو بهانه می‌‌کنی و ما ز درد ** می‌‌زنیم از سوز دل دمهای سرد
  • Thou art making a pretence while we in grief are heaving cold (fruitless) sighs from the burning heat of our hearts.
  • ما به گفتار خوشت خو کرده‌‌ایم ** ما ز شیر حکمت تو خورده‌‌ایم‌‌ 560
  • We have become accustomed to thy sweet discourse, we have drunk of the milk of thy wisdom.
  • الله الله این جفا با ما مکن ** خیر کن امروز را فردا مکن‌‌
  • Allah! Allah! do not thou (O vizier) treat us with such cruelty: show kindness to-day, do not (put off till) to-morrow.
  • می‌‌دهد دل مر ترا کاین بی‌‌دلان ** بی‌‌تو گردند آخر از بی‌‌حاصلان‌‌
  • Does thy heart give to thee (consent) that these who have lost their hearts (to thee) should at last, being without thee, become (numbered) amongst them that have nothing left?
  • جمله در خشکی چو ماهی می‌‌تپند ** آب را بگشا ز جو بر دار بند
  • They all are writhing like fishes on dry land: let loose the water, remove the dam from the stream.