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  • سیر گشته از ده و از روستا ** وز شکرریز چنان نا اوستا
  • They became sick of the village and the country and of the sugared expressions of such an uninstructed boor.
  • رسیدن خواجه و قومش به ده و نادیده و ناشناخته آوردن روستایی ایشان را
  • How the Khwája and his kinsfolk arrived at the village, and how the countryman pretended not to see or recognise them:
  • بعد ماهی چون رسیدند آن طرف ** بی‌نوا ایشان ستوران بی علف
  • When, after a month, they arrived in that quarter, themselves without provisions and their beasts without fodder,
  • روستایی بین که از بدنیتی ** می‌کند بعد اللتیا والتی
  • See how the countryman, from evil intent, still inflicts (on them) calamities great and small,
  • روی پنهان می‌کند زیشان بروز ** تا سوی باغش بنگشایند پوز 600
  • And keeps his face hidden from them by day, lest they should open their mouths in the direction of his orchard.
  • آنچنان رو که همه رزق و شرست ** از مسلمانان نهان اولیترست
  • ’Tis better that a face like that, which is wholly (composed of) hypocrisy and malice, should be hidden from Moslems.
  • رویها باشد که دیوان چون مگس ** بر سرش بنشسته باشند چون حرس
  • There are faces on which demons are settled like gnats, as (though they were) guardsmen.
  • چون ببینی روی او در تو فتند ** یا مبین آن رو چو دیدی خوش مخند
  • When you behold his (such a one's) face, they (the demons) fall upon you: either do not behold that face, (or) when you have beheld (it), do not laugh pleasantly.
  • در چنان روی خبیث عاصیه ** گفت یزدان نسفعن بالناصیه
  • Concerning such a wicked, sinful face God hath said, “Verily, We will drag (him) by the forelock.”
  • چون بپرسیدند و خانه‌ش یافتند ** همچو خویشان سوی در بشتافتند 605
  • When they (the townsman's party) had made enquiry and found his (the countryman's) house, they hurried like kinsfolk to the door.
  • در فرو بستند اهل خانه‌اش ** خواجه شد زین کژروی دیوانه‌وش
  • (Thereupon) the people in his house bolted the door. At this perverseness, the Khwája became mad-like,
  • لیک هنگام درشتی هم نبود ** چون در افتادی بچه تیزی چه سود
  • But indeed it was no time for asperity: when you have fallen into the pit, what is the use of being enraged?
  • بر درش ماندند ایشان پنج روز ** شب بسرما روز خود خورشیدسوز
  • Five days they remained at his door: (they passed) the night in the cold, the day itself in the blaze of the sun.
  • نه ز غفلت بود ماندن نه خری ** بلک بود از اضطرار و بی‌خری
  • Their remaining (there) was not from heedlessness or asininity; nay, it was from necessity and want of an ass.
  • با لیمان بسته نیکان ز اضطرار ** شیر مرداری خورد از جوع زار 610
  • From necessity, the good are (often) bound to the vile: from sore hunger the lion will eat a putrid carcase.
  • او همی‌دیدش همی‌کردش سلام ** که فلانم من مرا اینست نام
  • He (the townsman) would see him (the countryman) and salute him, saying, “I am so-and-so, this is my name.”
  • گفت باشد من چه دانم تو کیی ** یا پلیدی یا قرین پاکیی
  • “Maybe,” he said; “how should I know who thou art, whether thou art a dirty fellow or an honest gentleman?”
  • گفت این دم با قیامت شد شبیه ** تا برادر شد یفر من اخیه
  • “This moment,” said he, “resembles the Resurrection, since a brother has come to flee from his brother.”
  • شرح می‌کردش که من آنم که تو ** لوتها خوردی ز خوان من دوتو
  • He would explain to him (the countryman), saying, “I am he from whose table thou didst eat viands manifold.
  • آن فلان روزت خریدم آن متاع ** کل سر جاوز الاثنین شاع 615
  • On such and such a day I bought that merchandise for thee: every secret that goes beyond the two (who share it) is published (to all).
  • سر مهر ما شنیدستند خلق ** شرم دارد رو چو نعمت خورد حلق
  • The people heard the secret of our affection; (as a rule) when the gullet has received bounty, the face hath (signs of) bashfulness.”
  • او همی‌گفتش چه گویی ترهات ** نه ترا دانم نه نام تو نه جات
  • He (the countryman) would say to him, “Why dost thou talk nonsense? I know neither thee nor thy name nor thy dwelling-place.”
  • پنجمین شب ابر و بارانی گرفت ** کاسمان از بارشش دارد شگفت
  • On the fifth night there began such a (storm of) cloud and rain that the sky might (well) be astonished at its raining.
  • چون رسید آن کارد اندر استخوان ** حلقه زد خواجه که مهتر را بخوان
  • When the knife reached the bone, the Khwája knocked at the door, crying, “Call the master!”
  • چون بصد الحاح آمد سوی در ** گفت آخر چیست ای جان پدر 620
  • When (at last), in response to a hundred urgent entreaties, he came to the door, he said, “Why, what is it, my dear sir?”
  • گفت من آن حقها بگذاشتم ** ترک کردم آنچ می‌پنداشتم
  • He replied, “I abandon those claims (to thy gratitude), I renounce that (recompense) which I was fancying.
  • پنج‌ساله رنج دیدم پنج روز ** جان مسکینم درین گرما و سوز
  • I have suffered five years' pain: five days my miserable soul (hath been) amidst this heat and blaze.”
  • یک جفا از خویش و از یار و تبار ** در گرانی هست چون سیصد هزار
  • One injustice from kindred and friends and family is in heaviness as three hundred thousand,
  • زانک دل ننهاد بر جور و جفاش ** جانش خوگر بود با لطف و وفاش
  • Because he (the sufferer) did not set his mind on (anticipate) his (the friend's) cruelty and injustice: his soul was accustomed to kindness and faithfulness from him.
  • هرچه بر مردم بلا و شدتست ** این یقین دان کز خلاف عادتست 625
  • Whatsoever is tribulation and sore grief to men, know for sure that this is in consequence of its being contrary to habit.
  • گفت ای خورشید مهرت در زوال ** گر تو خونم ریختی کردم حلال
  • He (the townsman) said (further), “O thou the sun of whose love is in decline, if thou hast shed my blood, I acquit thee.
  • امشب باران به ما ده گوشه‌ای ** تا بیابی در قیامت توشه‌ای
  • On this night of rain give us a nook (to shelter in), so that at the Resurrection thou mayst obtain a viaticum (reward for the good work).”
  • گفت یک گوشه‌ست آن باغبان ** هست اینجا گرگ را او پاسبان
  • “There is a nook,” he replied, “belonging to the keeper of the vineyard: he keeps watch there against the wolf,
  • در کفش تیر و کمان از بهر گرگ ** تا زند گر آید آن گرگ سترگ
  • (With) bow and arrow in his hand on account of the wolf, so that he may shoot if the fierce wolf should come.
  • گر تو آن خدمت کنی جا آن تست ** ورنه جای دیگری فرمای جست 630
  • If thou wilt do that service, the place is thine; and if not, have the kindness to seek another place.”
  • گفت صد خدمت کنم تو جای ده ** آن کمان و تیر در کفم بنه
  • He said, “I will do a hundred services, (only) give thou the place, and put that bow and arrow in my hand.
  • من نخسپم حارسی رز کنم ** گر بر آرد گرگ سر تیرش زنم
  • I will not sleep, I will guard the vines; if the wolf raise his head, I will shoot the arrow at him.
  • بهر حق مگذارم امشب ای دودل ** آب باران بر سر و در زیر گل
  • For God's sake do not leave me to-night, O double-hearted (hypocrite), (with) the rain-water overhead and the mud underneath!”
  • گوشه‌ای خالی شد و او با عیال ** رفت آنجا جای تنگ و بی مجال
  • A nook was cleared, and he with his family went thither: (’twas) a narrow place and without room to turn.
  • چون ملخ بر همدگر گشته سوار ** از نهیب سیل اندر کنج غار 635
  • Mounted upon one another, like locusts, (and crowded) from terror of the flood into the corner of the cavern,
  • شب همه شب جمله گویان ای خدا ** این سزای ما سزای ما سزا
  • During the night, the whole night, they all (were) crying, “O God, this serves us right, serves us right, serves us right.”
  • این سزای آنک شد یار خسان ** یا کسی کرداز برای ناکسان
  • This is what is deserved by him that consorted with the vile, or showed worthiness for the sake of the unworthy.
  • این سزای آنک اندر طمع خام ** ترک گوید خدمت خاک کرام
  • This is what is deserved by him that in vain desire gives up paying homage to the dust of the noble.
  • خاک پاکان لیسی و دیوارشان ** بهتر از عام و رز و گلزارشان
  • That you lick the dust and the wall of the pure (elect) is better (for you) than the vulgar and their vines and rose-gardens.
  • بنده‌ی یک مرد روشن‌دل شوی ** به که بر فرق سر شاهان روی 640
  • That you become a slave to a man of enlightened heart is better (for you) than that you should walk upon the crown of the head of kings.
  • از ملوک خاک جز بانگ دهل ** تو نخواهی یافت ای پیک سبل
  • From the kings of earth you will get nothing but the (empty) noise of a drum, O courier of (many) roads.
  • شهریان خود ره‌زنان نسبت بروح ** روستایی کیست گیج و بی فتوح
  • Even the townsmen are brigands in comparison with the Spirit. Who is the countryman? The fool that is without spiritual gifts.
  • این سزای آنک بی تدبیر عقل ** بانگ غولی آمدش بگزید نقل
  • This is what is deserved by him who, (when) the cry of a ghoul came to him, without rational foresight chose to move (towards the ghoul).
  • چون پشیمانی ز دل شد تا شغاف ** زان سپس سودی ندارد اعتراف
  • When repentance has gone from the (core of the) heart to the pericardium after that it is of no use to acknowledge (one's sin).
  • آن کمان و تیر اندر دست او ** گرگ را جویان همه شب سو بسو 645
  • (With) the bow and arrow in his hand, he (was) seeking the wolf all night to and fro.
  • گرگ بر وی خود مسلط چون شرر ** گرگ جویان و ز گرگ او بی‌خبر
  • The wolf, in sooth, was given power over him, like sparks of fire: (he was) seeking the wolf (outside), and (was) unaware of the wolf (within himself).