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  • Why should we conceal (our poverty) like the impostor and suffer agony for the sake of false reputation?”
  • ما چرا چون مدعی پنهان کنیم ** بهر ناموس مزور جان کنیم‌‌
  • How the Bedouin bade his wife be patient and declared to her the excellence of poverty.
  • صبر فرمودن اعرابی زن خود را و فضیلت صبر و فقر بیان کردن با زن‌‌
  • Her husband said to her, “How long wilt thou seek income and seed-produce? What indeed is left of (our) life? Most (of it) is past.
  • شوی گفتش چند جویی دخل و کشت ** خود چه ماند از عمر افزون‌‌تر گذشت‌‌
  • The sensible man does not look at increase or deficiency, because both (these) will pass by like a torrent.
  • عاقل اندر بیش و نقصان ننگرد ** ز آن که هر دو همچو سیلی بگذرد
  • Whether it (life) be pure (clear and untroubled) or whether it be a turbid flood, do not speak of it, since it is not enduring for a moment. 2290
  • خواه صاف و خواه سیل تیره رو ** چون نمی‌‌پاید دمی از وی مگو
  • In this world thousands of animals are living happily, without up and down (anxiety).
  • اندر این عالم هزاران جانور ** می‌‌زید خوش عیش بی‌‌زیر و زبر
  • The dove on the tree is uttering thanks to God, though her food for the night is not (yet) ready.
  • شکر می‌‌گوید خدا را فاخته ** بر درخت و برگ شب ناساخته‌‌
  • The nightingale is singing glory to God (and saying), ‘I rely on Thee for my daily bread, O Thou who answerest (prayer).’
  • حمد می‌‌گوید خدا را عندلیب ** کاعتماد رزق بر تست ای مجیب‌‌
  • The falcon has made the king's hand his joy (the place in which he takes delight), and has given up hope of (has become indifferent to) all carrion.
  • باز دست شاه را کرده نوید ** از همه مردار ببریده امید
  • Similarly you may take (every animal) from the gnat to the elephant: they all have become God's family (dependent on Him for their nourishment), and what an excellent nourisher is God! 2295
  • همچنین از پشه‌‌گیری تا به پیل ** شد عیال الله و حق نعم المعیل‌‌
  • All these griefs that are within our breasts arise from the vapour and dust of our existence and wind (vain desire).
  • این همه غمها که اندر سینه‌‌هاست ** از بخار و گرد بود و باد ماست‌‌