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  • From (giving) myrobalan constipation resulted, relaxation ceased; and water fed the flames, like naphtha.
  • از هلیله قبض شد اطلاق رفت ** آب آتش را مدد شد همچو نفت‌‌
  • How it became manifest that the physicians were unable to cure the handmaiden, and how the king turned his face towards God and dreamed of a holy man.
  • ظاهر شدن عجز حکیمان از معالجه‌‌ی کنیزک و روی آوردن پادشاه به درگاه خدا و در خواب دیدن او ولی را
  • When the king saw the powerlessness of those physicians, he ran bare-footed to the mosque. 55
  • شه چو عجز آن حکیمان را بدید ** پا برهنه جانب مسجد دوید
  • He entered the mosque and advanced to the mihráb (to pray): the prayer-carpet was bathed in the king's tears.
  • رفت در مسجد سوی محراب شد ** سجده گاه از اشک شه پر آب شد
  • On coming to himself out of the flood of ecstasy (faná) he loosed his tongue in goodly praise and laud,
  • چون به خویش آمد ز غرقاب فنا ** خوش زبان بگشاد در مدح و ثنا
  • Saying, “O Thou whose least gift is the empire of the world, what shall I say, in as much as Thou knowest the hidden thing?
  • کای کمینه بخششت ملک جهان ** من چه گویم چون تو می‌‌دانی نهان‌‌
  • O Thou with whom we always take refuge in our need, once again we have missed the way.
  • ای همیشه حاجت ما را پناه ** بار دیگر ما غلط کردیم راه‌‌
  • But Thou hast said, ‘Albeit I know thy secret, nevertheless declare it forthwith in thine outward act.’” 60
  • لیک گفتی گر چه می‌‌دانم سرت ** زود هم پیدا کنش بر ظاهرت‌‌
  • When from the depths of his soul he raised a cry (of supplication), the sea of Bounty began to surge.
  • چون بر آورد از میان جان خروش ** اندر آمد بحر بخشایش به جوش‌‌
  • Slumber overtook him in the midst of weeping: he dreamed that an old man appeared
  • در میان گریه خوابش در ربود ** دید در خواب او که پیری رو نمود
  • And said, “Good tidings, O king! Thy prayers are granted. If to-morrow a stranger come for thee, he is from me.
  • گفت ای شه مژده حاجاتت رواست ** گر غریبی آیدت فردا ز ماست‌‌
  • When he comes, he is a skilled physician: deem him veracious, for he is trusty and true.
  • چون که آید او حکیمی حاذق است ** صادقش دان که امین و صادق است‌‌
  • In his remedy behold absolute magic, in his temperament behold the might of God!” 65
  • در علاجش سحر مطلق را ببین ** در مزاجش قدرت حق را ببین‌‌
  • When the promised hour arrived and day broke and the sun, (rising) from the east, began to burn the stars,
  • چون رسید آن وعده‌‌گاه و روز شد ** آفتاب از شرق، اختر سوز شد
  • The king was in the belvedere, expecting to see that which had been shown mysteriously.
  • بود اندر منظره شه منتظر ** تا ببیند آن چه بنمودند سر
  • He saw a person excellent and worshipful, a sun amidst a shadow,
  • دید شخصی فاضلی پر مایه‌‌ای ** آفتابی در میان سایه‌‌ای‌‌
  • Coming from afar, like the new moon (in slenderness and radiance): he was nonexistent, though existent in the form of phantasy.
  • می‌‌رسید از دور مانند هلال ** نیست بود و هست بر شکل خیال‌‌
  • In the spirit phantasy is as naught, (yet) behold a world (turning) on a phantasy! 70
  • نیست وش باشد خیال اندر روان ** تو جهانی بر خیالی بین روان‌‌
  • Their peace and their war (turn) on a phantasy, and their pride and their shame spring from a phantasy;
  • بر خیالی صلح‌‌شان و جنگشان ** وز خیالی فخرشان و ننگشان‌‌
  • (But) those phantasies which ensnare the saints are the reflexion of the fair ones of the garden of God.
  • آن خیالاتی که دام اولیاست ** عکس مه رویان بستان خداست‌‌
  • In the countenance of the stranger-guest was appearing that phantasy which the king beheld in his dream.
  • آن خیالی که شه اندر خواب دید ** در رخ مهمان همی‌‌آمد پدید
  • The king himself, instead of the chamberlains, went forward to meet his guest from the Invisible.
  • شه به جای حاجیان واپیش رفت ** پیش آن مهمان غیب خویش رفت‌‌
  • Both were seamen who had learned to swim, the souls of both were knit together without sewing. 75
  • هر دو بحری آشنا آموخته ** هر دو جان بی‌‌دوختن بر دوخته‌‌
  • The king said, “Thou wert my Beloved (in reality), not she; but in this world deed issues from deed.
  • گفت معشوقم تو بوده ستی نه آن ** لیک کار از کار خیزد در جهان‌‌
  • O thou who art to me (as) Mustafá (Mohammed), while I am like unto ‘Umar—I will gird my loins to do thee service.”
  • ای مرا تو مصطفی من چون عمر ** از برای خدمتت بندم کمر
  • Beseeching the Lord, who is our Helper, to help us to observe self-control in all circumstances, and explaining the harmful and pernicious consequences of indiscipline.
  • از خداوند ولی التوفیق در خواستن توفیق رعایت ادب در همه حالها و بیان کردن وخامت ضررهای بی‌‌ادبی‌‌
  • Let us implore God to help us to self-control: one who lacks self-control is deprived of the grace of the Lord.
  • از خدا جوییم توفیق ادب ** بی‌‌ادب محروم گشت از لطف رب‌‌