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  • By thee the (whole) world is made a place abounding in spirit: a single cavalier becomes the support of a hundred armies.
  • از تو عالم روح زاری می‌شود  ** پشت صد لشکر سواری می‌شود 
  • Inasmuch as this body is the abode (nest) of (these) four dispositions, they are named the four mischief-seeking birds.
  • زانک این تن شد مقام چار خو  ** نامشان شد چار مرغ فتنه‌جو 
  • If thou wish the people to have everlasting life, cut off the heads of these four foul and evil birds,
  • خلق را گر زندگی خواهی ابد  ** سر ببر زین چار مرغ شوم بد 
  • (And then) revive them again in another sort, so that afterwards no harm will be done by them.
  • بازشان زنده کن از نوعی دگر  ** که نباشد بعد از آن زیشان ضرر 
  • The four immaterial birds which infest the Way have made their home in the hearts of the people. 40
  • چار مرغ معنوی راه‌زن  ** کرده‌اند اندر دل خلقان وطن 
  • Since in this epoch thou, O Vicegerent of God, art the commander of all righteous hearts,
  • چون امیر جمله دلهای سوی  ** اندرین دور ای خلیفه‌ی حق توی 
  • Cut off the heads of these four live birds and make everlasting the creatures that are not enduring for ever.
  • سر ببر این چار مرغ زنده را  ** سر مدی کن خلق ناپاینده را 
  • There is the duck and the peacock and the crow and the cock: these are a parable of the four (evil) dispositions in (human) souls.
  • بط و طاوسست و زاغست و خروس  ** این مثال چار خلق اندر نفوس 
  • The duck is greed, and the cock is lust; eminence is like the peacock, and the crow is (worldly) desire.
  • بط حرصست و خروس آن شهوتست  ** جاه چون طاوس و زاغ امنیتست 
  • His (the crow's) object of desire is this, that he forms hopes and wishes for immortality or long life. 45
  • منیتش آن که بود اومیدساز  ** طامع تابید یا عمر دراز 
  • The duck is greed, for her bill is always in the ground, seeking what is buried in the wet and dry.
  • بط حرص آمد که نولش در زمین  ** در تر و در خشک می‌جوید دفین 
  • That gullet (of hers) is never idle for a moment: it hearkens unto naught of the (Divine) ordinance save the command “Eat ye!”
  • یک زمان نبود معطل آن گلو  ** نشنود از حکم جز امر کلوا 
  • ’Tis like the looter who digs up (ravages) the house and very quickly fills his bag,
  • هم‌چو یغماجیست خانه می‌کند  ** زود زود انبان خود پر می‌کند 
  • Cramming into the bag good and bad (indifferently), single pearls and chickpeas,
  • اندر انبان می‌فشارد نیک و بد  ** دانه‌های در و حبات نخود 
  • Cramming dry and wet into the sack, for fear lest another enemy should arrive. 50
  • تا مبادا یاغیی آید دگر  ** می‌فشارد در جوال او خشک و تر 
  • Time presses, the opportunity is small, he is terrified: without delay he heaves it under his arm as speedily as possible.
  • وقت تنگ و فرصت اندک او مخوف  ** در بغل زد هر چه زودتر بی‌وقوف 
  • But the true believer, from his confidence in that (Divine) Life, conducts his raid in a leisurely manner and with deliberation.
  • لیک ممن ز اعتماد آن حیات  ** می‌کند غارت به مهل و با انات 
  • He hath no fear of missing his chance or of the enemy, for he recognises the King's dominion over the enemy.
  • آمنست از فوت و از یاغی که او  ** می‌شناسد قهر شه را بر عدو 
  • He hath no fear of the other fellow-servants coming to jostle him and gain the advantage, 55
  • آمنست از خواجه‌تاشان دگر  ** که بیایندش مزاحم صرفه‌بر 
  • (For) he perceived the King's justice in restraining his followers so that none durst do violence to any one.
  • عدل شه را دید در ضبط حشم  ** که نیارد کرد کس بر کس ستم 
  • Consequently he does not hurry and is calm: he hath no fear of missing his (appointed) portion.
  • لاجرم نشتابد و ساکن بود  ** از فوات حظ خود آمن بود 
  • He hath much deliberation and patience and long-suffering; he is contented and unselfish and pure of heart,
  • بس تانی دارد و صبر و شکیب  ** چشم‌سیر و مثرست و پاک‌جیب 
  • For this deliberation is the ray of the Merciful (God), while that haste is from the impulse of the Devil,
  • کین تانی پرتو رحمان بود  ** وان شتاب از هزه‌ی شیطان بود 
  • Because the Devil frightens him (the greedy man) away from poverty and kills the beast of burden, patience, by stabbing. 60
  • زانک شیطانش بترساند ز فقر  ** بارگیر صبر را بکشد به عقر