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  • He (the Prophet) would receive his answer from him (the adversary), while the other would not catch the smell (drift) of his question.
  • او جواب خویش بگرفتی از او ** وز سؤالش می‌‌نبردی غیر بو
  • The story of the hare's stratagem.
  • قصه‌‌ی مکر خرگوش‌‌
  • He delayed awhile in going, then he went before the lion who rends (his prey) with claws. 1055
  • ساعتی تاخیر کرد اندر شدن ** بعد از آن شد پیش شیر پنجه زن‌‌
  • Because he tarried late in going, the lion was tearing up the earth and roaring.
  • ز آن سبب کاندر شدن او ماند دیر ** خاک را می‌‌کند و می‌‌غرید شیر
  • “I said,” cried the lion, “that the promise of those vile ones would be vain—vain and frail and unfulfilled.
  • گفت من گفتم که عهد آن خسان ** خام باشد خام و سست و نارسان‌‌
  • Their palaver has duped me: how long will this Time deceive me, how long?”
  • دمدمه‌‌ی ایشان مرا از خر فگند ** چند بفریبد مرا این دهر چند
  • The prince that hath no strength in his beard is left sorely in the lurch when by reason of his folly he looks neither backwards nor forwards.
  • سخت درماند امیر سست ریش ** چون نه پس بیند نه پیش از احمقیش‌‌
  • The road is smooth, and under it are pitfalls: amidst the names there is a dearth of meaning. 1060
  • راه هموار است و زیرش دامها ** قحط معنی در میان نامها
  • Words and names are like pitfalls: the sweet (flattering) word is the sand for (the sand that sucks up) the water of our life.
  • لفظها و نامها چون دامهاست ** لفظ شیرین ریگ آب عمر ماست‌‌
  • The one sand whence water gushes is seldom to be found: go, seek it.
  • آن یکی ریگی که جوشد آب ازو ** سخت کمیاب است رو آن را بجو
  • He that searches after wisdom becomes a fountain of wisdom; he becomes independent of acquisition and (ways and) means.
  • منبع حکمت شود حکمت طلب ** فارغ آید او ز تحصیل و سبب‌‌