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1357-1381

  • This she said under her breath and concealed (her thought) from the maid: at that moment she treated her, like innocent persons, honourably.
  • زیر لب گفت این نهان کرد از کنیز  ** داشتش آن دم چو بی‌جرمان عزیز 
  • Afterwards she said to her, “Put the chádar on your head, go and take a message from me to such and such a house.
  • بعد از آن گفتش که چادر نه به سر  ** رو فلان خانه ز من پیغام بر 
  • Say so-and-so and do so-and-so.” I abridge the talk of the women.
  • این چنین گو وین چنین کن وآنچنان  ** مختصر کردم من افسانه‌ی زنان 
  • Take the gist of what is to the purpose. When the discreet old woman had sent her (the maid) away, 1360
  • آنچ مقصودست مغز آن بگیر  ** چون براهش کرد آن زال ستیر 
  • Propter ebrietatem libidinis gaudebat: she shut the door, saying meanwhile, [She was happy from the intoxication of (her) lust: she shut the door, saying meanwhile,]
  • بود از مستی شهوت شادمان  ** در فرو بست و همی‌گفت آن زمان 
  • “I have secured privacy, I will shout in thanksgiving: I am delivered from the four dángs and the two dángs.”
  • یافتم خلوت زنم از شکر بانگ  ** رسته‌ام از چار دانگ و از دو دانگ 
  • Gaudio hircus (prurigo) feminae quae in igne libidinis asini inquieta erat mille factus est. [From joy, the woman’s goat (of lust) had become a thousand (-fold); (she became) restless in the sparks of the ass’s lust.]
  • از طرب گشته بزان زن هزار  ** در شرار شهوت خر بی‌قرار 
  • Qualis hircus est ille quem tanta libido ludibrium fecit? Stultum deludi non est mirabile. [What goat (was) that?—for lust took her goat (made a fool of her). The taking of a fool’s goat is not (something) amazing.]
  • چه بزان که آن شهوت او را بز گرفت  ** بز گرفتن گیج را نبود شگفت 
  • Lustful desire makes the heart deaf and blind, so that an ass seems like Joseph, fire (like) light. 1365
  • میل شهوت کر کند دل را و کور  ** تا نماید خر چو یوسف نار نور 
  • Oh, many a one intoxicated with fire and seeking fire deems himself absolute light.
  • ای بسا سرمست نار و نارجو  ** خویشتن را نور مطلق داند او 
  • (He is lost) unless a (chosen) servant of God, or the pull of God (Himself), lead him into the (right) way and turn over his leaf,
  • جز مگر بنده‌ی خدا یا جذب حق  ** با رهش آرد بگرداند ورق 
  • So that he may know that the fiery phantom (which he mistook for light) in the Path is but a loan (unreal).
  • تا بداند که آن خیال ناریه  ** در طریقت نیست الا عاریه 
  • (Sensual) cupidity causes foul things to appear fair: among the banes of the Way there is none like lust, none worse.
  • زشتها را خوب بنماید شره  ** نیست چون شهوت بتر ز آفتاب ره 
  • It has disgraced a hundred thousand good names, it has stupefied (besotted) a hundred thousand clever men. 1370
  • صد هزاران نام خوش را کرد ننگ  ** صد هزاران زیرکان را کرد دنگ 
  • Since it caused an ass to appear (like) Joseph of Egypt, how (in what aspect) will that (miscreant) Jew cause a Joseph to appear?
  • چون خری را یوسف مصری نمود  ** یوسفی را چون نماید آن جهود 
  • Its spell made dung seem honey to you: what, forsooth, will it make honey seem at the time of contest?
  • بر تو سرگین را فسونش شهد کرد  ** شهد را خود چون کند وقت نبرد 
  • Lust arises from eating and drinking: diminish your food, or marry and (so) flee from wickedness.
  • شهوت از خوردن بود کم کن ز خور  ** یا نکاحی کن گریزان شو ز شر 
  • When you have eaten and drunk (too much), it leads to things forbidden: there must necessarily be some outgoing of income.
  • چون بخوردی می‌کشد سوی حرم  ** دخل را خرجی بباید لاجرم 
  • Marriage, then, is like (the exorcism), “There is neither power nor (strength except in God),” lest the Devil cast you into temptation. 1375
  • پس نکاح آمد چو لاحول و لا  ** تا که دیوت نفکند اندر بلا 
  • Since you are fond of eating and drinking, ask a woman (in marriage) at once; else the cat comes and carries off the fat sheep's tail.
  • چون حریص خوردنی زن خواه زود  ** ورنه آمد گربه و دنبه ربود 
  • Quickly put a heavy load on the shying ass before it lays (a grievous load of sin) upon (you).
  • بار سنگی بر خری که می‌جهد  ** زود بر نه پیش از آن کو بر نهد 
  • (If) you do not know the effect of fire, hold aloof (from it): do not approach the fire with such (little) knowledge (as you have).
  • فعل آتش را نمی‌دانی تو برد  ** گرد آتش با چنین دانش مگرد 
  • If you have no knowledge of the cooking-pot and the fire, neither the pot nor the soup will be spared by the flames.
  • علم دیگ و آتش ار نبود ترا  ** از شرر نه دیگ ماند نه ابا 
  • Water must be there and skill too, in order that the (contents of the) pot may be safely cooked in boiling. 1380
  • آب حاضر باید و فرهنگ نیز  ** تا پزد آب دیگ سالم در ازیز 
  • If you are ignorant of the science of the ironsmith, your beard and hair will be burned when you pass by that place (the forge).
  • چون ندانی دانش آهنگری  ** ریش و مو سوزد چو آنجا بگذری