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2049-2073

  • When any one continues to knock that door-ring, felicity peeps out for his sake.
  • حلقه‌ی آن در هر آنکو می‌زند  ** بهر او دولت سری بیرون کند 
  • How the Amír who was the author of the mischievous intrigue came at midnight with his officers to open the chamber of Ayáz, and saw the sheepskin jacket and rustic shoon hanging (there) and supposed that this was a trick and pretence; and how he dug up every suspected corner and brought excavators and made holes in the walls and discovered nothing and fell into confusion and despair. So (it is with such) evil thinking men (as those) who imagined vain things about the work of the prophets and saints, saying that they were magicians and self-advertisers and (only) sought to occupy the chief position (among their people): after having investigated, they are covered with confusion, but it does not avail them.
  • آمدن آن امیر نمام با سرهنگان نیم‌شب بگشادن آن حجره‌ی ایاز و پوستین و چارق دیدن آویخته و گمان بردن کی آن مکرست و روپوش و خانه را حفره کردن بهر گوشه‌ای کی گمان آمد چاه کنان آوردن و دیوارها را سوراخ کردن و چیزی نایافتن و خجل و نومید شدن چنانک بدگمانان و خیال‌اندیشان در کار انبیا و اولیا کی می‌گفتند کی ساحرند و خویشتن ساخته‌اند و تصدر می‌جویند بعد از تفحص خجل شوند و سود ندارد 
  • Those trusted (officers) came to the door of the chamber: they began to search for the treasure and the gold and the jar. 2050
  • آن امینان بر در حجره شدند  ** طالب گنج و زر و خمره بدند 
  • A number of them, (urged) by vain desire, unlocked the door with infinite dexterity and skill;
  • قفل را برمی‌گشادند از هوس  ** با دو صد فرهنگ و دانش چند کس 
  • For it was a formidable lock with intricate bolts: he (Ayáz) had selected it from (many other) locks,
  • زانک قفل صعب و پر پیچیده بود  ** از میان قفلها بگزیده بود 
  • Not that he was avaricious of silver and riches and crude (uncoined) gold, (but) in order to hide that secret (of his) from the vulgar,
  • نه ز بخل سیم و مال و زر خام  ** از برای کتم آن سر از عوام 
  • “Lest” (so he thought) “some people imagine evil, (while) others call me a hypocrite.”
  • که گروهی بر خیال بد تنند  ** قوم دیگر نام سالوسم کنند 
  • With the man of lofty aspiration the soul's secrets are kept from the base (worldlings) more safely than the ruby in the mine. 2055
  • پیش با همت بود اسرار جان  ** از خسان محفوظ‌تر از لعل کان 
  • To fools gold seems better than the soul; in the opinion of (spiritual) kings gold is to be scattered on the soul (as an offering).
  • زر به از جانست پیش ابلهان  ** زر نثار جان بود نزد شهان 
  • In greed of gold they (the officers) were hastening rapidly (to the chamber), (though) their reason was saying, “No; not so fast.”
  • حرص تازد بیهده سوی سراب  ** عقل گوید نیک بین که آن نیست آب 
  • Greed was predominant (in them), and gold had become (dear to them) as their souls: at that moment the cry of reason was unheard.
  • حرص غالب بود و زر چون جان شده  ** نعره‌ی عقل آن زمان پنهان شده 
  • Greed and its clamours had become hundredfold; wisdom and its suggestions had vanished, 2060
  • گشته صدتو حرص و غوغاهای او  ** گشته پنهان حکمت و ایمای او 
  • To the end that he (the greedy man) may fall into the pit of delusion, and then hearken to the reproaches of Wisdom.
  • تا که در چاه غرور اندر فتد  ** آنگه از حکمت ملامت بشنود 
  • When his wind (idle self-conceit) is broken by imprisonment in the trap,the rebuking soul gets the upper hand over him.
  • چون ز بند دام باد او شکست  ** نفس لوامه برو یابید دست 
  • Until his head comes against the wall of affliction, his deaf ear will not listen to the counsel of his heart.
  • تا به دیوار بلا ناید سرش  ** نشنود پند دل آن گوش کرش 
  • Greed for walnut-cake and sugar makes the ears of children deaf to admonitions;
  • کودکان را حرص گوزینه و شکر  ** از نصیحتها کند دو گوش کر 
  • (Only) when the pain of his abscess begins do his (the child's) ears become open to good advice. 2065
  • چونک دردت دنبلش آغاز شد  ** در نصیحت هر دو گوشش باز شد 
  • Then the party (of searchers), with cupidity and a hundred kinds of vain desire, opened the chamber.
  • حجره را با حرص و صدگونه هوس  ** باز کردند آن زمان آن چند کس 
  • They swarmed in through the doorway, jostling each other, like vermin (falling) on fetid buttermilk.
  • اندر افتادند از در ز ازدحام  ** هم‌چو اندر دوغ گندیده هوام 
  • They (the insects) fall on it triumphantly, like lovers, (but) there is no possibility of drinking, and both wings are stuck.
  • عاشقانه در فتد با کر و فر  ** خورد امکان نی و بسته هر دو پر 
  • They (the officers) looked to the left and to the right: there was (only) a torn pair of shoon and a sheepskin jacket.
  • بنگریدند از یسار و از یمین  ** چارقی بدریده بود و پوستین 
  • After (having looked), they said (to one another), “This place is not without balm: the shoon are only (displayed) here as a blind. 2070
  • باز گفتند این مکان بی‌نوش نیست  ** چارق اینجا جز پی روپوش نیست 
  • Hey, bring sharp picks: try excavation and tunnelling.”
  • هین بیاور سیخهای تیز را  ** امتحان کن حفره و کاریز را 
  • The (searching) party dug and searched in every direction: they dug holes and deep cavities.
  • هر طرف کندند و جستند آن فریق  ** حفره‌ها کردند و گوهای عمیق 
  • Thereupon the holes were (virtually) crying out to them, “We are empty holes, O ye stinkers!”
  • حفره‌هاشان بانگ می‌داد آن زمان  ** کنده‌های خالییم ای کندگان